Police launch online portal after 'murder content' shared on social media

Detectives launched a murder investigation following the death of Alan Lawson on Tuesday, February 6.

Police launch online portal after Saltcoats ‘murder content’ shared on social media Police Scotland

Police investigating the murder of a man in Ayrshire have launched an online portal after images relating to the death were shared on social media.

Detectives launched an investigation following the death of Alan Lawson on Tuesday, February 6.

The 36-year-old died in hospital after being assaulted at a property on Alexander Avenue in Largs over the weekend of Saturday, February 3.

Officers are said to be following a “positive line of enquiry” and have launched an online portal where information, pictures and videos can be sent directly to the team.

It comes after content reportedly connected to the investigation was shared on social media.

Detective chief inspector Ally Semple, Major Investigation Team, said: “Officers continue to support Alan’s family at this difficult time. They’ve requested their privacy be respected as they try to come to terms with what has happened.

“We’re following a positive line of enquiry and are aware of social media content reportedly connected to the investigation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has provided us with information so far but we still need the public’s help to establish exactly what happened to Alan.

“Any information you have, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, could be crucial to the investigation.

“I urge anyone who was in the Alexander Avenue area of Largs or around New England Road, Saltcoats, over the weekend and may have seen something suspicious to get in touch. Anyone in those areas with dashcam or private CCTV footage which could help, should contact police immediately.

“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the area as our enquiries continue and anyone with concerns can speak to these officers.”

In addition to the online portal, anyone with information can also call Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 3304 of February 4. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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