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John McMurchie murder: Police in Dundee seek two witnesses

John McMurchie
Image caption John McMurchie, from Errol, was found seriously injured in Dundee's Fintry Terrace on Sunday

Police investigating the death of a Perthshire man found fatally wounded at the weekend are appealing for two witnesses to come forward.

John McMurchie, 50, from Errol, was found seriously injured in Dundee's Fintry Terrace in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers are keen to speak to two people seen near the Whitfield Family Resource Centre about 04:00 on Sunday.

Tayside Police said it was important that the pair come forward.

Det Insp Bobby Dow, the senior investigating officer, said: ''I appreciate that these people may think that they have nothing that could be of use to our inquiries, but they were in the area at this particular time and they may have seen something, however irrelevant they believe it to be, that could help us in our efforts to find Mr McMurchie's killer.

''I urge them to come forward to speak with our officers."

Bar appeal

Officers are also trying to trace Mr McMurchie's last movements.

Police said they were aware the 50-year-old had been socialising in the Dolphin Bar in Fintry on Saturday before moving on to the Balmore Bar and Albert Bar in the Stobswell area, where he remained until closing time.

Det Insp Dow called for anyone who had been in those establishments with Mr McMurchie to speak to them.

Community concern

The force said house-to-house inquiries were continuing, along with a review of CCTV footage.

Uniformed patrols in the area have also been increased. Supt Brian Weir said: 'When incidents such as this happen it is quite right that the local community are concerned and I would encourage them to speak with our police officers who are available to them, whether to pass on information, or to offer advice.

''Crimes of this type do cause anxiety, but I would ask people to be reassured that the inquiry team is making progress and with support from the community will continue to do so.''

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