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Body find 'may be linked to murder bid' in Stevenston

Police tape at scene
Image caption Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Misk Knowes in Stevenston

Police are investigating whether the death of a 56-year-old man at a flat in North Ayrshire is linked to an attempted murder nearby.

The man's body was discovered at the flat in Glen Crescent, Stevenston, at about 10:50 on Saturday. Police are treating his death as unexplained.

Two men, aged 30 and 52, were found seriously injured at a property on Misk Knowes at about 15:15 on Saturday.

Police are investigating possible links between the incidents.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Around 10.50am on Saturday, police and emergency services responded to a report of a man having died within a property in Glen Crescent.

"On attendance a 56-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination is due to take place to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained."

'Life-threatening injuries'

She added: "Inquiries are ongoing and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

The incident involving the two other men was reported just over four hours later.

Both men were taken to Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, and the 30-year-old was released following treatment for a serious injury.

The 52-year-old was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Medical staff described his condition as critical.

The attack on the 52-year-old is being treated as attempted murder. The incident involving the younger man is being treated as assault.

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