Monday, 7 September 2015

Saltcoats murder update: police reveal CCTV images

Police Scotland has re-issued an appeal for public help in finding the murderer of 72-year-old Saltcoats-man Malky Ballantyne.

Mr Ballantyne was found dead at around 1:00pm on August 21 by a member of his family in his Glebe Place home.  A week later the charity Crimestoppers offered a £10,000 reward for information that secures an arrest and conviction.

Today (September 7), Police Scotland, in association with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, has issued two stills from CCTV footage that show a man officers would like to speak with in relation to Mr Ballantyne’s death.

Detective-Chief-Inspector Gary Cunningham of the Major Investigation Team said, “We are looking to trace a man who was seen on CCTV cycling close to the area where the attack took place.

“He appears to be cycling on a BMX bike near to Glebe Place and then appears to be heading back towards the town centre at around 2:20am to 2:40am on Friday, 21st August."

The man is described as white, 18-30 years-of-age, medium build and between 5ft-6in and 5ft-9in tall.  He was wearing a dark hooded-top and dark trousers.  It is possible that some parts of the bike or wheel trim are fluorescent yellow.

DCI Cunningham explained, “It is important we speak to this man as he may have information which could help with our ongoing inquiry into the death of Malcolm Ballantyne.  If you think this matches your description, please get in touch.  You may have seen or heard something which could be critical to our investigation.”

Police Scotland can be contacted by calling 101.  Alternatively, information can be passed, in confidence, to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  The charity continues to offer a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and the conviction of the person responsible for Mr Ballantyne’s murder.

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