Murder probe after Mark Donnelly found dead in Coatbridge

Mark Donnelly Mark Donnelly was found in a car park in the Whifflet area of Coatbridge

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The death of a man whose body was found in a car park in North Lanarkshire is being treated as murder, police have said.

Mark Thomas Donnelly, 27, was discovered by member of the public at 06:30 on Sunday in Hozier Street in the Whifflet area of Coatbridge.

Detectives said he was the victim of a "violent assault" and his death had left his family "devastated".

They are keen to establish his movements prior to the attack.

Officers have been carrying out door-to-door inquiries and are reviewing CCTV images in an effort to establish how Mr Donnelly came about his injuries.

Inquiries so far have revealed that he was in Motherwell town centre at about 11:15 on Saturday and he was seen later in the Bellshill area about 17:00.

Det Ch Insp Kenny Graham said: "We know that he left his home in Motherwell on Saturday morning around 1055 hours and went into Motherwell town centre.

"He was also seen in Bellshill. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen him during the day or anyone who knew his whereabouts during that period to get in touch with us.

"Mark's family has been left devastated by what has happened and I would ask anyone who knew him, who has not yet spoken to the police, to contact us."

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