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Murder inquiry after armed gang attack in Greenock

Greenock murder scene
Image caption Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 49-year-old man was found dead in a Greenock flat.

It is understood the man was stabbed at the property in Neil Street. Two other men, aged 43 and 40, were seriously injured.

Police said a group of three masked men forced their way into the flat at about 23:00 on Monday and attacked them with weapons.

Detectives said they believed the victims were deliberately targeted.

The two injured men were being treated at Inverclyde Royal Hospital. Staff described their conditions as serious but stable.

The suspects are believed to have made off along Neil Street and into Fergus Road, Greenock.

The first was described as in his early 30s, medium build, about 6ft 2ins in height. He was wearing a washed out black jacket, possibly 'G Star' make, straight-legged blue jeans and may have been wearing gloves and a balaclava.

The second man was in his 30s, of heavier build, wearing a black jacket, jeans and white trainers. He may also have been wearing a balaclava.

The third suspect had a khaki camouflage jacket with the hood up.

Det Insp Maxine Martin said: "Whilst enquiries are at an early stage, we believe that the men involved were targeted; it was not a random attack.

"However, it was a vicious and violent assault in which one man died and another two were seriously injured."

She added: "I am extremely keen to speak to anyone who has any information at all about this attack, or who was responsible.

"If anyone was in Neil Street between 9pm and 11.30pm they may have seen those that were involved hanging about in the area or they may have seen where they went afterwards."

Officers were checking CCTV in the area and carrying out door-to-door inquiries.

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