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Thursday, 15 November, 2001, 16:32 GMT
Ex-policeman murdered
Strathclyde Police headquarters
Strathclyde Police have launched a murder probe
A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a former Strathclyde Police officer was found in a car park on the outskirts of Glasgow.

The body of 44-year-old Gordon Gibson, from East Kilbride, was found at Cathkin Braes, near Cambuslang, on Wednesday night.

His burnt out car was discovered shortly afterwards near a cemetery on the outskirts of Westburn.

Police have appealed for witnesses and an incident room has been set up at Aitkenhead Road police station.


I am also interested in speaking to any members of the public who were in the Cathkin Braes area around 2320 hours last night

Detective Superintendent Graham Vance
Officers from Strathclyde Police said that Mr Gibson's body was found at 2320 GMT in a car park off Cathkin Road, which is known locally as Cathkin Braes.

About 20 minutes later, his car, a red Hyundai Accent Saloon, was found burning in Old Mill Road which connects Halfway, Westburn and Cambuslang.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Superintendent Graham Vance, said a post mortem would be carried out on Mr Gibson's body on Thursday.

He said: "I have two appeals to make, firstly for anyone who knows Mr Gibson and who saw or was in contact with him last night, to contact the incident room.

Witness appeal

"I am also interested in speaking to any members of the public who were in the Cathkin Braes area around 2320 hours last night.

"A witness has given details of some vehicles seen in and around the area, it would be helpful if the people using these vehicles last night would come forward as soon as possible."

Former policeman Mr Gibson lived in Westwood, East Kilbride, with his wife Susan and two teenage daughters.

He was an employee of Westguard Securities, which is based in Coatbridge.

It is thought that he was murdered just over an hour after leaving his office in Balmore Industrial Estate, Glasgow.

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