Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Saltcoats murder update - police issue description of man seen in area

Police Scotland has issued a description of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the murder of 72-year-old Malky Ballantyne (pictured) at his home in Glebe Place, Saltcoats last Friday (August 21).  Mr Ballantyne’s body was found by a family-member around 1:00pm.

As police enquiries continue, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham of the Major Investigation Team said, “Officers are continuing to carry out door-to-door enquiries as well as examining available CCTV to try and establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Ballantyne’s death.  An incident caravan has been set up in Glebe Street where officers will remain to engage with local residents and to continue to provide reassurance.

“At this time we are looking to trace a man who was standing directly outside the close at Glebe Place at approximately 2:30am on Friday.  This man is described as having a medium build, wearing a black baseball cap and a light blue waist-length jacket.  We would like to speak to that person as he may be able to assist with our investigation.

“Mr Ballantyne was well known in the local community and his family have been devastated by this callous act.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone with information about Mr Ballantyne’s death to make contact with the police.  You may think the information you have is unconnected, insignificant or possibly a waste of police time.  I would say today that this is never the case.  Any information received will be appropriately investigated by officers.”

The senior detective concluded, “As part of our broader investigation your information could prove invaluable in tracing anyone responsible for the death of Mr Ballantyne.”

The public can contact Police officers at the Incident Caravan in Glebe Street or can call Saltcoats Police Office on 101.  Alternatively, information can be given in confidence by calling CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

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