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Bluetooth effort to catch killer

Martyn Barclay
Mr Barclay died after being shot in the head in January

Police have sent a hi-tech murder appeal to thousands of football fans at the Edinburgh derby.

Detectives investigating the shooting of Martin Barclay transmitted a Bluetooth message to the mobile phones of Hibernian and Hearts supporters.

It was the first time Lothian and Borders Police had used Bluetooth technology in a murder inquiry.

Mr Barclay, who had a young son, was killed outside his home in the Inch area of the city on 17 January.

Bluetooth is a wireless system used to connect electronic devices. It was used to transmit a message to the mobile phones of fans at Hibernian's Easter Road stadium during the match, which kicked off at 1230 GMT.

It was hoped the tactic - the latest attempt to catch the 26-year-old Mr Barclay's killers - would reach thousands of supporters at the game, which Hibernian won 1-0.

Fans were initially asked if they wanted to receive a message from Lothian and Borders police and, if accepted, had a short text message explaining the appeal.

This was followed by a picture of Mr Barclay - who was a Hibs fan - and another page of text detailing his death.

Finally, a page displaying a number to contact police and Crimestoppers was displayed before the message ended.

Heartache and suffering

A similar appeal in the hunt for the killer of Merseyside schoolboy Reece Jones was made at a match between Everton and Liverpool.

Officers investigating the murder of Mr Barclay have already taken statements from about 750 members of the public and visited some 450 homes in door-to-door inquiries.

Officers have also carried out a number of searches for evidence around the capital.

A police spokeswoman said: "The public response to the appeal has been very encouraging but we are always looking for ways to reach those who may have information that could assist us in identifying those responsible for Martyn's death.

"This is the first time we have used Bluetooth technology to appeal for information about a murder and we hope to receive a positive response from fans attending the match.

"It should not be forgotten that Martyn's death has robbed a young son of his father and caused much heartache and suffering to his family."

Mr Barclay was found unconscious by a member of the public in Hazelwood Grove at 0600 GMT on Saturday 17 January after being shot in the head. He died a short time later.



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