Erskine Bridge and Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross, who is heading inquiries into suspicious death there. Bridge picture by Robert Beacon

By Bill Heaney

Detectives in West Dunbartonshire are continuing their inquiries and appealing for information after the death of a man near Erskine Bridge on Monday, September 23.

Around 11 am on Monday morning, police were called after a man was seen falling from the Erskine Bridge into the River Clyde.  Emergency services attended and the body of an as yet unidentified man was recovered from the water by HM Coastguard.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross of Clydebank Police Station, is appealing for witnesses.

He said:  “Our inquiries are continuing into the full circumstances surrounding this incident and we are appealing to any witnesses to come forward to ensure we gather as much information as we can.

“I would appeal to anyone driving on the bridge shortly before 11 am that morning who witnessed anything suspicious, or who has dash-cam footage to please contact us as they may have information that will assist our inquiries.

” I am also keen to trace a woman who was walking with a suitcase on the bridge, near the Old Kilpatrick side, around 11 am that day.  I would also urge her to come forward to officers.”

Anyone with information should contact Clydebank Police Station through 101 quoting reference number 1161 of Monday 23 September 2019.

Meanwhile,  police are appealing for witnesses to a fire on a boat moored at River Leven Moorings, Pier Road, Balloch, on Friday night around midnight.

Local officers on patrol noticed the fire on a 33 ft cruiser. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended and the fire was extinguished, but the boat subsequently sank.

DI Andy Doherty said: “We believe this fire was started deliberately and are appealing anyone who may have information or who may have seen anyone hanging around the River Leven Moorings either late on Friday evening or very early Saturday morning, to come forward.”

Information can be provided to Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident 0132 on 21 September 2019, or reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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