Murder probe launched as man dies following early morning attack

Peter Kirkwood was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack on Saturday morning.

Murder probe launched as man dies in early morning attack on Mousebank Road, Lanark Police Scotland

A man has been murdered during a disturbance in Lanark in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Peter Kirkwood was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack on Mousebank Road at around 1.55am.

Emergency services attended but they were unable to save the 24-year-old who had been left fatally injured after being seriously assaulted.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene but he has been released pending further investigations.

The local community has been assured that there will be a significant police presence in the area as they look to catch the person responsible and establish the full circumstances.

Investigating officers are also appealing for the public’s help in tracing the killer.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Williamson, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts are very much with Peter’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Extensive police enquiries are ongoing and we will have a continued police presence in the area.

“I would like to reassure the local community that everything is being done to trace the person responsible.

“I would also ask anyone who was in Mousebank Road area in the early hours of Saturday, and who may have seen or heard a disturbance, or witnessed anything suspicious, to please get in touch with us.

“Anyone with any private CCTV, dashcam or any other footage that they think would assist the enquiry is urged to pass anything notable on to us.

“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland via 101 and/or use the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP), which can be accessed via the following link – https://mipp.police.uk/operation/SCOT22S23-PO1.”

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