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Murder enquiry launched following the death of a 52 year old man in Stevenston

A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a 52 year old man in Stevenston. The 52 year-old man, named as John Smith, died within the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital today, 11th October 2016. He was taken to hospital following a disturbance within a property in Misk Knowes, Stevenston on Saturday 8 October 2016, where a 30 year old man was also injured.

A post mortem examination will take place to establish the exact cause of death, however officers are treating his death as murder and a murder inquiry has now been launched. The 30 year-old man was treated at Crosshouse Hospital for his injuries then later released. Detective Chief Inspector Allan Burton of the Major Investigation Team said: “Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident within the property in Misk Knowes on Saturday afternoon, to establish who is responsible for the murder of Mr Smith, and the serious assault of the 30 year-old man. “Officers are in the area carrying out door to door enquiries and studying CCTV footage in an effort to gather as much information as possible for their ongoing investigation. “From our enquiries over the past few days we believe that a car drove off at speed from Misk Knowes around 3pm on Saturday afternoon. I would urge anyone who may have information on this vehicle and its occupants, or indeed if someone saw a car being driven erratically in the local area to contact us. “I would like to reassure the public and in particular the residents of Stevenston that everything is being done to trace whoever is responsible for this crime, however we need their help. Please don’t assume what we know and at this time I would appeal to anyone with any information on this crime, or anyone who was in the area of Misk Knowes between 1400 hours and 1530 hours on Saturday afternoon who witnessed anything suspicious to come forward. Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be relevant to this inquiry and I would urge people to contact my officers based at Saltcoats Police Office through 101. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”


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