Strathclyde Police has launched a murder inquiry following the death of a 76-year-old man in Ashgill, Larkhall on Tuesday 29 November 2011. Around 2010 hours that night, the 76-year-old man witnessed someone attempting to steal his black Landrover Discovery from his driveway in Graham Place in Ashgill. He went out of his house and was then struck by his vehicle. It is thought the thieves had got into the Simpsons' home and stolen the keys for the four-year-old car.
The black 57 plate Discovery was later recovered intact about five miles away in Crossford. Police said it will be of critical importance to their investigation and will be forensically examined. They believe another vehicle may also have been involved in the incident and appealed for information. A post mortem examination was due to take place today, however, meantime police are treating the death as murder. Witnesses may have seen black Land Rover Discovery 3.
The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Robbie Allan of the Major Investigation Team said this morning, 'Enquiries are at an early stage, however, I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the initial incident take place, or who may have seen this black Land Rover Discovery being driven from Ashgill to where it was later found in the Crossford area around half past nine last night to come forward and speak to officers. I am aware that the public will be shocked by this crime and I want to reassure the local community that we are doing everything possible to bring to justice the persons responsible. There will be additional patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns should speak to these officers.
Last night, local MSP Christina McKelvie said, 'I would like to reassure people in Ashgill that police are thoroughly investigating this horrific incident.'
Any information can be passed to Larkhall Police Office on 01698 202326. Alternatively CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained. More information at www.strathclyde.police.uk click here for Strathclyde Police