Justin McLaughlin murder: CCTV at Glasgow train station may yield breakthrough

Detectives are reviewing CCTV which may provide a crucial breakthrough in the hunt for the killer of a 14-year old schoolboy stabbed at a railway station.

Justin McLaughlin was found seriously hurt after an “altercation” in broad daylight at Glasgow’s High Street station.

Justin died shortly after being rushed to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on Saturday afternoon.

A number of witnesses who have been identified from CCTV footage have already been interviewed.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes confirmed officers are studying security camera video in a bid to find whoever was responsible.

DCI Geddes said: “There was CCTV which touches at least part of the incident.

“Along with that we are interviewing numerous witnesses who have already come forward and who have been identified to piece together the circumstances around Justin’s death.”

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes speaking outside the train station on Sunday.

It’s thought a number of young people spilled onto the platform from a train before the stabbing took place.

DCI Geddes said: “There was an altercation involving a number of what appears to be young people.

“I’m aware of footage of incidents on the train. We will consider those.

“At the moment the information would suggest the incident itself happened on the platform.

“The needless loss of a 14-year old boy’s life is pretty shocking.”

Police Scotland have described the attack as a “shocking act of violence”.

Justin Mclaughlin was found seriously hurt after an “altercation”
Justin McLaughlin was found seriously hurt after an “altercation”.

DCI Geddes added: “Our thoughts very much remain with Justin’s family and friends.

“His family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this very difficult time and they are being supported by specialist officers.

“Although inquiries are at an early stage, what we do know is that an incident took place at High Street train station and we are sure that there will be people who may have witnessed something in the lead up to this.

“The area would have been busy with members of the public and commuters and we are urging those who have any information, no matter how small, to get in contact with police.”

The station remains closed as officers comb the scene for clues.

Detective Inspector Marc Francey, of British Transport Police, assured the public uniformed patrols in the local area will be upped in a bid to reassure the travelling public.

Forensics at the scene outside High Street Station in Glagsow.
Forensics at the scene outside High Street Station, Glasgow.

He said: “This was a shocking act of violence in broad daylight, which has seen a boy tragically lose his life.

“We are working closely with Police Scotland and doing all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, to contact us as soon as possible.”

Justin’s headmaster at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, James McParland, said: “The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin.

“Justin was a valued member of our community and his loss will be felt by staff and pupils alike.

The attack happened on Saturday afternoon.
The attack happened on Saturday afternoon.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends, and additional pastoral support will be available to young people within the school on their return on Monday morning.”

An online Major Incident Public Portal has been set up where witnesses or anyone with information can inform the police.

Witnesses can also call Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 2280 of October 16, or British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 394 of the same date.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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