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Appeal in Big Issue murder probe

Patrick McDade
Patrick McDade's body was found at his flat in Dundee

Detectives investigating the killing of a Big Issue seller in Dundee have described the crime as a "particularly violent murder".

The body of Patrick McDade, 37, was found at his flat in the city's Brown Constable Street on Friday.

Tayside Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who may have given him household items for his flat as a reward for helping them.

They are urging his customers who saw him before he died to call them.

Mr McDade, known locally as Paddy, had sold the Big Issue in Dundee for seven years and had a regular pitch outside Marks and Spencer in Seagate.


Det Ch Insp Willie Semple, the senior investigating officer, said officers were trying to determine if anything had been stolen from Mr McDade's flat.

He said: "It doesn't matter how big or small the gift was, we really just need to compile an inventory of all items that could have been in his flat.

"It would be of great assistance if any of his regular customers could get in touch with us to let us know.''

The last positive sighting of Mr McDade was at about 1800 GMT on Saturday 17 January when he left his pitch in the Seagate and was seen walking through Dundee City Centre.

Police have CCTV footage of him walking in Panmure Street towards the Wellgate Centre.

He was wearing dark coloured clothing and a white woollen hat with a black bobble attached to it.

Mr Semple said the force was trying to find out where Mr McDade went after that and how he spent his weekend.

He added: "It's not known whether he took a bus or taxi from the city centre or whether he walked back home to his flat in Brown Constable Street.

''This has been a particularly violent murder of a well-known and well-liked Big Issue seller in the city.

"If anyone has any information that may assist us to catch whoever is responsible for Paddy's death then I would urge them to get in touch with us as soon as possible.''

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