Tayside and Central Scotland

New police appeal after fatal robbery

John Gillespie
Image caption John Gillespie died six days after the attack

Police in Stirling are appealing for more information following the death of an 88-year-old man following an attempted robbery last week.

John Gillespie was found injured by a passer-by in the underpass at Lovers Walk at 1450 BST on 19 April.

He was taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary but died on 25 April.

A week after the attack, police stopped people in the area in a bid to find witnesses and handed out appeal posters.

Det Insp Ronnie Isles, from Central Scotland Police, said: "Just over a week on from the assault, we are extremely pleased with the amount of people who have come forward with information, but we know there are still some people out there who can help us.

"I'd ask anyone who might be able to assist us with this inquiry to come forward.

"They may not even believe that the information they have is relevant, but please take the time to give that information to us."

He added: "Mr Gillespie was a well known and well-loved member of the community.

"He was known to walk around the Riverside area on a daily basis to keep himself fit and active, which is what we believe he was doing when he was assaulted. His family are clearly devastated.

"We are doing all we can to catch the person responsible for this crime, and we are asking the community and its residents to help us do that."

The suspect was aged between 21 and 40, and was about 6ft, of slim build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a blue jumper and dark trousers.

Central Scotland Police said the incident could be linked to another robbery involving a 70-year-old woman, who was targeted in the Trossachs town of Callander on the same day.

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