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Elgin disturbance death man named by police

Stephen Johnston
Image caption Stephen Johnston, jailed in 2008, died in hospital on Thursday

A man who died after a major disturbance in Elgin has been named by police.

Local man Stephen Johnston, 37, died in hospital in the early hours of Thursday.

Grampian Police said officers had been called to an incident involving a number of people in the Lesmurdie Road area.

The dead man had been jailed for two years in 2008 for his role in a drugs gang.

A 22-year-old suffered injuries which may also have been connected to the Lesmurdie Road incident, and has been receiving hospital treatment.

'Tragic death'

Det Supt Campbell Thomson said: "Enquiries are continuing into the street disturbance and we believe at least 10 people may have been involved, some of whom may have had weapons.

"Forensic examinations are continuing at the scene and a large area remains cordoned off to allow this. We appreciate that this has caused a disruption to local residents but I'd ask them to remain patient while these examinations are ongoing.

"Approximately 60 officers are currently engaged in the investigation, ranging from specialist search officers, forensic scientists, crime scene examiners, uniformed house-to-house officers and detectives, all committed to swiftly establishing the full facts surrounding this tragic death."

He added: "I would renew our appeal for anyone who might have information about this disturbance or those involved in it."

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