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Police stop drivers in James Simpson car murder probe

James Simpson
Image caption Police are hoping to jog people's memories about the night Mr Simpson was murdered

Police investigating the murder of a pensioner who died after a car thief ran over him in South Lanarkshire have been questioning motorists in the area.

It is a week since James Simpson, 76, was knocked down by his own Land Rover Discovery outside his home in Ashgill, near Larkhall.

The car was later recovered about five miles away in Crossford.

Officers are stopping drivers and pedestrians in a bid to jog people's memories and trace more witnesses.

They will also stage a reconstruction of Mr Simpson's car being driven from his house onto Ashgillhead Road in Ashgill.

The incident happened at about 20:10 last Tuesday.

Detectives believe whoever stole the car may have tried to enter Mr Simpson's home in a bid to find the keys.

At a news conference last week his son Jamie described his father as a "man deeply content with life" and said his death had "devastated" the family.

He urged anyone with information to come forward to help catch those responsible for "leaving my dad abandoned, dying on the kerbside".

Police have previously released details of the car's number plate and a description of a suspect.

The car was a black Land Rover Discovery, registration number SG57 GVN.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 30s, with short, dark hair, wearing dark clothing.

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