Linwood street murder: Police launch murder probe

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Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Police have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a man found injured in the street.

• Police launch murder investigation after the death of a man found injured on the street

• Craig McSporran, 31, was found close to his home in Linwood, Renfrewshire alongside a seriously injured friend

Craig McSporran, 31, of Bridge Street in Linwood, Renfrewshire, was found close to his house alongside his seriously injured 32-year-old friend at around 12.50am this morning.

A member of the public came across the two men whilst walking along Bridge Street, near to Fullwood Avenue.

He contacted emergency services and the two men were taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Paisley.

Mr McSporran died a short time later. Relatives have been informed.

A post-mortem examination will take place in due course but police are treating his death as murder.

The 32-year-old man is still detained in hospital in a serious condition.

Detectives are carrying out door-to-door inquiries and are reviewing CCTV in an effort to establish how the men came about their injuries.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Carey, from Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: “The two men were subjected to a terrible and vicious attack by their assailants - who at this time we do not have a description of.

“We know that the two men were both in a local bar in Bridge Street, Linwood, earlier in the evening and left around 12.30am making their way along Bridge Street towards Bridge of Weir Road and Fullwood Avenue.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area around midnight who saw the two men, one of whom was wearing a very distinctive orange t-shirt, orange shorts and flip flops, to come forward and speak to officers.

“I am also appealing for anyone who may have heard an altercation in the area or who has any information about what happened to these two men to contact me as soon as possible.”

Tributes were posted for Mr McSporran on his Facebook page.

Craig Gallagher said: “Rest in piece big chap can’t believe what’s happened hope the low life scum gets what they deserve for this.”

William Adam said: “Rip Craig one of life’s good guys always made me laugh.”

Chris Donnachie said: “One of the best pals anybody could ask for! True gentleman and all round nice guy. Gutted doesn’t even come close! Gonna miss u big man”

John Quigg said: “Gutted is an understatement you were a true gent and will be sadly missed off everyone who was lucky enough to know you big man.”

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