Police probe as man, 44, dies after '˜disturbance' outside pub

Police have launched an investigation after a man died following a disturbance outside a pub in the south-west of the city.

Sunday, 22nd October 2017, 2:32 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:00 pm
Police at the scene on Sunday. Pictures: Neil Hanna

Officers were called to a pathway next to the Longstone Inn on Longstone Road at around 1.30am on Sunday.

A 44-year-old man had suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Infirmary for treatment but sadly died several hours later.

Police say they are treating the death as suspicious and the area has been cordoned off while inquiries are carried out.

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DCI Keith Hardie, from the Major Investigation Team, said: “We believe a number of people were involved in the disturbance in the lane at the side of the Longstone Inn, and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to get in touch immediately.”

Forensics officers could be seen in the area thoughout the morning, while residents spoke of their shock at what had happened.

Christine Wright, 65, who lives opposite the Longstone Inn, said she had heard “a lot of commotion” at the time of the incident.

She said: “I didn’t hear an argument but I did hear a lot of banging.

Police at the scene on Sunday. Pictures: Neil Hanna

“When I did look out I saw a blue flashing light - that was about half past one.

“I’m astounded. We do get a lot of things going on but I’ve never seen all the crime scene things up. I just assumed it was some drunks.

“I’ll be really devastated if it’s anyone we know.”

Another local resident, who did not want to be named, said it was “rare” for something so serious to happen in the area.

She said: “It’s shocking. That pub is usually heaving at the weekend but there’s never usually any bother.

“It’s such a quiet area round here, you never hear anything.”

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 486 of Sunday, October 22 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police at the scene on Sunday. Pictures: Neil Hanna