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Murder probe after man killed in Newmains van attack

Police at the scene
Image caption Police sealed off the area after the 23-year-old was knocked down on the street

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man was deliberately knocked down in North Lanarkshire.

The pick-up/tipper van was driven at the 23-year-old victim and his 31-year-old friend in Crindledyke Crescent, Newmains, at about 22:50 on Tuesday.

The victim, named locally as Frank Baxter, died a short time later in Wishaw General Hospital.

His friend is being treated for leg injuries, and is in a stable condition, at Monklands District Hospital.

Image caption Police are at the scene of the murder in Crindledyke Crescent

The vehicle involved in the incident also crashed in to a house causing damage to brick work. No-one was injured.

Officers believe the man driving the van made off after setting it on fire.

Det Ch Insp Pat Campbell said: "The pick-up truck was deliberately driven at the man and his friend in Crindledyke Crescent last night.

"It was then driven at speed into Bonkle Road, Wishaw, a short distance away, where it was set alight.

"He then either made off on foot from there or may have been picked up by another vehicle.

"Officers are at the scene carrying our door to door inquiries and checking CCTV."

Det Insp Campbell asked for "anyone who has information, no matter how trivial" to contact police.

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