POLICE APPEAL

Police bid to trace movements of Dumbarton man found dead in car

Matthew Tomlinson

Matthew Tomlinson was reported missing three days before Christmas.

Police are trying to trace the movements of a young Dumbarton man who died after a one-vehicle road accident.

Matthew Tomlinson, from Dumbarton, travelled to the Highlands on 20 December and was in Kyle of Lochalsh the following day.

Mr Tomlinson was reported missing on Saturday and found dead on the A87 at Glengarry at 08:45 on Christmas Eve.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw his black Vauxhall Insignia before the fatal collision.

Letters drugs caseMeanwhile, a young woman is said to have died at a house party in Renton where she took drugs.

Amiee Letters, 20, pictured left, had been at a friend’s house in when she fell seriously ill last Wednesday.

Scottish tabloid newspapers reported that Aimee was carried to her mum’s house in the village as friends and family tried to resuscitate her.

She was rushed to Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later. Friends and family fought to resuscitate Aimee as she fell ill.

A police spokesperson said: “The death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem will be carried out in due course to establish the cause of death.”Balloch shooting scene

Police cars swooped on the scene of the shooting in Dalvait, Balloch.

To add to the tragedies and violence which have taken place over the holidays so far, police are still searching for a gunman after a local man was been seriously injured in a shooting in Balloch.

Police Scotland said the 30-year-old man, named locally as Darren McCafferty, was approached by two men on Lynn Walk, Dalvait, shortly before ten minutes to seven on Thursday.  One of the men then shot him in what officers have described as a targeted attack.

The victim was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where he is undergoing treatment for serious injuries.  His condition is not thought to be life threatening.

Detective Inspector Steve Martin said: “At this time our information leads me to believe that this may not be a random attack and that the injured man was the intended victim.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in Lynn Walk, or the Balloch area, around the time of the shooting and seen anyone in a vehicle acting suspiciously to come forward.

“While you may not think what you witnessed is significant, let the police know and we will be the judge.”

Local people took to social media to describe the response, which included armed officers. One tweeted: “Dalvait like a scene out of CSI tonight, madness.”

Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact the police.

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