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Stirling police renew appeal in John Gillespie death

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

Police investigating the death of an 88-year-old man, who was attacked in an underpass in Stirling, have renewed their appeal for information.

John Gillespie died six days after being found injured at the underpass at Lover's Walk in the city on 19 April.

Central Scotland Police said they were following "positive lines of inquiry" in the case.

However, they said they were still keen to speak to anyone who was familiar with Mr Gillespie's habits.

The latest stage of the investigation has seen police talk with people who attend the Drip Road Salvation Army centre.

The force said many of those who used the centre were familiar with the local area.

Investigators are also trying to find witnesses who used the same bus service as the Mr Gillespie.

Police believe he and possibly his attacker, may have been on buses in Stirling the day the pensioner was attacked.

Posters, featuring images of Mr Gillespie have been posted on buses in the area.

The man leading the investigation, Det Insp Ronnie Isles, said: "John Gillespie was well known and well loved in this community and we've been making efforts to speak to everyone who knew him or saw him in the area.

"He walked in Riverside almost every day, so we're asking others who frequent the area to tell us anything they know that could help with our investigation.

"The response from the public has brought us excellent information which has allowed us to open up new lines of enquiry.

"In response to our media appeals, people are continuing to contact us with fresh information, but I renew my appeal to those who have still to come forward."

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