The death of a man after a disturbance “involving several people” on a street in Glasgow is now being treated as murder.
Stuart McGeachie was pronounced dead at a flat near Farmeloan Road, at the junction with Victoria Street, in Rutherglen following an incident on the evening of Tuesday, October 24.
The 38-year-old was assaulted before making his way to a nearby property where attending emergency crews confirmed he had passed away a short time later.
Officers say Mr McGeachie’s relatives are aware and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.
The probe into his death is now being led by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, while an appeal to track down a group of “youths in dark clothing on bikes or scooters” who had been in the area during the day has been launched.
Detective chief inspector John Morrison said: “Our thoughts remain with Stuart’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
“We have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation and I would like to reassure the local community that everything is being done to trace those responsible.
“Extensive enquiries are ongoing and officers are continuing to gather CCTV footage from the surrounding area.”
Investigators closed off the area for more than 24 hours while an initial probe was carried out, eventually reopening the road at around 9.15pm the following day.
DCI Morrison said a visible police presence would remain in the area in the immediate future.
He encouraged anyone who may have information on the incident to come forward and share it with officers.
“Stuart’s family are absolutely devastated and it’s imperative that we get them answers about his death,” he said.
“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen a group of youths in dark clothing on bikes or scooters throughout the day on Farmeloan Road and Main Street, to get in touch as they may have vital information about the incident.
“I would also ask the group themselves to come forward as they may have seen or heard something, which could help with our enquiries.”
DCI Morrison added: “I’d like to thank the public for their assistance so far and would again ask anyone with information, who hasn’t already spoken with officers, to contact us.
“We will have a continued police presence in the area and I would like to thank the local community for their cooperation.
“Anyone with any concerns can approach these officers.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 3201 of October 24. Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.
A link on Police Scotland’s Major Incident Public Portal has also been opened at the following address: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/SCOT23S36-PO1
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