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Thursday, 17 October, 2002, 12:46 GMT 13:46 UK
Fresh appeal over shooting
Murder scene
The victim was shot near his home
Police are trying to trace a man seen near the home of a murdered Renfrewshire businessman shortly before he was shot.

Detectives have revealed that someone was spotted walking in a field behind William Fargher's house in Linwood, near Paisley.

They also want to hear from a woman who may have seen a car similar to one used in the shooting.

William Fargher
William Fargher ran his own business
Mr Fargher, 38, was shot in the stomach after being approached by two men only yards from his home last Wednesday evening.

The men escaped in a gold Peugeot 405 car driven by a third man.

Mr Fargher died a short time later in Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley.

The murder has baffled police, who say that the victim appeared to be a decent and respectable man.

He lived alone and ran a takeaway food and coffee shop in Paisley.

Dual carriageway

Detective Superintendent Stephen Ward said the response from the public following the killing had been "very helpful".

He revealed on Thursday that a man had been seen walking in a field behind Mr Fargher's home in Linclive Terrace at about 1800 BST last Wednesday - shortly before the shooting.

The field is bordered by Candren Road and the main A737 dual carriageway.

Police car
Police have appealed for information
DS Ward said: "I would like to hear from people who use these roads, who may have seen this man, to contact us."

Police also want to speak to a woman in her thirties who filled up her car at the Jet petrol station at Glenburn at 1600 BST on the day of the shooting.

She may have seen a gold Peugeot 405, similar to the one used by the killers, with three men inside.

"I am keen to trace and speak to her as she may hold some vital information," said DS Ward.

Detectives have also renewed their call for two people seen on a silver motorcycle in the car park of St Covals Social Club, Candren Road, at about 1800 BST to come forward.

Men described

Descriptions of the three men involved in the attack were issued by police last week.

The two men who attacked Mr Fargher were both said to be in their 20s.

The man seen carrying the gun was reported to have been between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall, of thin build and was wearing a navy blue tracksuit top and trousers.

The driver was said to be older and was possibly in his early 30s.

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