A top cop has spoken out after a crime gang boss killed three friends in a horror 127mph motorway smash.

We reported how Lee Docherty fell asleep at the wheel of a hired Audi Q7 on the M8 near Bishopton in Renfrewshire on September 19, 2021.

Seven of his associates were piled into the powerful 4x4 at the time.

Mark Downie, 31, David Paton and Manveer Benning - both 27 - died following the high-speed crash.

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Meanwhile, the four others were badly hurt during the incident.

On Monday, June 10, 38-year-old Docherty appeared at the High Court in Glasgow where he pleaded guilty to causing the deaths by dangerous driving.

It was there in April this year that he was jailed for eight years for heading a drugs gang which operated from a heavily barricaded block of flats in Greenock, Inverclyde known as 'the shop".

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Lord Clark sentenced to him an extra nine years for this latest crime.

Following the sentencing, a top cop has spoken out on the crash.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Lorraine Napier, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those who died and were injured in this incident.”