Martin Hamilton murder probe shifts focus to Blackburn

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THE investigation into the murder of Glasgow ganger Martin Hamilton is carrying out enquiries in the Mosside area of Blackburn.

Detective Superintendent Kenny Graham said: “Whilst examinations and searches are ongoing near West Calder where Martin Hamilton’s remains were found, we are now conducting further work in nearby Blackburn.

“As the investigation has progressed we have identified this area of Blackburn as of interest, and I am keen to speak to anyone living or working here who may have any information which could assist.

“As well as some search activity, officers will be carrying out extensive house to house enquiries and high-visibility patrols of the area.”

Detectives believe Hamilton could have been killed as long ago as April - he was last seen alive on April 16 around lunchtime on Great Western Road, Glasgow.

Hamilton was nicknamed the Blackhill Butcher, after the Glasgow housing estate from which he operated.

He had been on the police’s most-wanted list before he was jailed in 2000 over a series of sickening offences, including drug dealing, torture, abduction and sodomy. Police officers and scientific experts are working at the scene, carrying out a “painstaking” examination and search of the area where his remains were discovered.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Monday established the 53-year-old suffered serious injuries which led to his death.

Hamilton had been hunted by police since September 2014 after he breached the terms of his licence following his release from prison. A £2,000 reward was offered for information on the “dangerous” convict’s whereabouts last October.

Specially-trained officers are providing support to Hamilton’s family.

It was believed the gangster had moved to England before his remains were found and it was reported Hamilton robbed a Liverpool drug dealer of £75,000 just weeks before he vanished.

Anyone with information about the murder of Martin Hamilton should contact the Major Investigation Team at Livingston on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.