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Man 'killed as he walked his dog'

George Stewart
Police believe Mr Stewart was attacked as he walked his dog

Detectives investigating the murder of a 62-year-old man in Darvel in East Ayrshire have made a fresh appeal for information.

Police said they believed George Stewart was attacked as he walked his dog close to his home shortly before midnight last Tuesday.

He was discovered with serious injuries at his home in Ranoldcoup Road at about 0055 GMT on Wednesday.

Police also moved to end a local rumour that an arrest had already been made.

Det Chf Insp Carole Auld said: "Inquiries have established that there is a belief in the community that an arrest has been made for this crime and local people have perhaps not come forward because of this.

"I have to stress that no person has been arrested for his murder and we need the public's help in piecing together his movements and the circumstances which resulted in Mr Stewart's untimely death."

She added: "We believe that Mr Stewart was walking his dog on the evening of Tuesday 24 February and into midnight on 25 February, and was attacked on the roadway close to his home.

"We have yet to establish the exact time he was assaulted.

"It is imperative that people come forward who may have seen George last Tuesday evening."



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