Glasgow & West Scotland

Murder probe after man killed by intruder in Glasgow flat

Police at the scene
Image caption The entrance to the tenement has been sealed off

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man died in a flat in Glasgow after being attacked by an intruder who had forced his way in.

Officers were called to the flat on Dumbarton Road, Scotstoun, at 00:55. The 52-year-old victim was seriously injured and died at the scene.

Police said the intruder had forced his way inside at 00:50 and targeted the victim, who was not the householder.

Forensic teams are examining the scene and police have appealed for witnesses.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall, with a medium to skinny build and short fair hair.

At the time of the attack he was wearing a light-coloured top.

'Not random'

Police said paramedics had attended the scene but were unable to save the victim.

Det Ch Insp Jim Smith, of Police Scotland, said: "Although a post mortem examination will be carried out, we are treating his death as murder.

Image caption Police have been at the scene since the early hours of the morning

"At this time, it is believed that a man arrived at the flat around 0050 hours, forced his way into the house and assaulted the victim who was not the householder.

"It is not clear what the motive was but it was not a random act. It would appear that the victim was the intended target however at this time it is unclear why."

Det Ch Insp Smith appealed for anyone who was at or near the flats late on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning and heard a disturbance or saw the suspect to get in touch.

Area Commander, Ch Insp Mark Sutherland added: "I would like to reassure members of the public, particularly those who live in the area of the flats, that everything is being done to trace the person responsible.

"I am aware that local residents will be shocked and alarmed by this incident, however extra patrols will be in the area and I would urge anyone who has concerns to speak to the officers."

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