Murder inquiry after man hit by vehicle and stabbed dies in hospital

Michael Beaton was found with serious injuries on Drumfrochar Road in Greenock at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Murder inquiry after man hit by vehicle and stabbed dies in hospital outside Greenock school Police Scotland

A murder inquiry has been launched into the death of a 35-year-old man in what police are treating as a targeted attack.

Michael Beaton was found with serious injuries in Drumfrochar Road at around 7.20pm on Sunday, November 26.

He was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he died a few hours later.

Following initial enquiries police have said Mr Beaton was struck by a light-coloured vehicle and then attacked with a bladed weapon in Drumfrochar Road.

Drumfrochar Road, Greenock

Police have now launched a murder investigation into the incident and have said they do not believe it was a “random attack”.

Detective chief inspector Lynsey Watters, from the Major Investigations Team (West), said: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances of the incident however we do not believe that this was a random attack.

“This was an extremely violent attack which has shocked the local community and caused disruption to their daily routines whilst we carry out our forensic enquiries.

“I’d like to assure the people living in the area that we are doing everything we can to trace the person or persons responsible for this shocking incident and that there will be an increased police presence in the area.

“Anyone who witnessed the attack, saw any suspicious individuals or vehicles in or around the area, or has any other information that could assist our investigation is asked to contact police immediately.

“I’d also like people to check their dashcam and ring doorbell footage in case they have captured something on it which could be vital to our inquiry.”

Anyone with information can contact police via 101 quoting incident number 2790 of November 26, 2023, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

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