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Murder inquiry launched after man dies in hospital

Murder victim John Smith Image copyright Police Scotland

A murder inquiry has begun following the death of a 52-year-old man in hospital.

John Smith had been injured during a disturbance at a property in Misk Knowes, Stevenston, North Ayrshire, on Saturday.

A 30-year-old man who was injured was treated at Crosshouse Hospital and later released.

Police said officers were carrying out door-to-door inquiries and studying CCTV footage.

Det Ch Insp Allan Burton, of Police Scotland's major investigation team, said: "Inquiries are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident within the property in Misk Knowes on Saturday afternoon, to establish who is responsible for the murder of the 52-year-old man, and the serious assault of the 30-year-old man."

Speeding car

He added: "From our inquiries over the past few days we believe that a car drove off at speed from Misk Knowes at about 15:00 on Saturday afternoon.

"I would urge anyone who may have information on this vehicle and its occupants, or indeed if someone saw a car being driven erratically in the local area to contact us.

"I would like to reassure the public and in particular the residents of Stevenston that everything is being done to trace whoever is responsible for this crime, however we need their help.

"Please don't assume what we know and at this time I would appeal to anyone with any information on this crime, or anyone who was in the area of Misk Knowes between 14:00 and 15:30 on Saturday afternoon who witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

"Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be relevant to this inquiry and I would urge people to contact my officers based at Saltcoats Police Office through 101."

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