ROOF FALL MAN DIES IN STREET
Shocked residents find body on road
Residents of a quiet Rutherglen street have been left stunned after a man was found dead just yards from their homes having fallen from a roof.
John Baird from Larkhall, was discovered by a member of the public in the early hours of Saturday (July 11) on McCallum Avenue.
The 35-year-old had fallen from the roof of the red sandstone building near the junction with Hamilton Road which used to make up part of the Stonelaw High annex.
Police said it is unclear why he was on the roof and that his death is being treated as “unexplained”.
The tragedy has left residents of McCallum Avenue in shock. Andrew Rafferty (38) lives directly across from where Mr Baird fell.
He said: “We usually get woken up at around 5am with the kids around here playing so we didn’t think anything of it. Then when we woke up later we saw all the police. What happened is terrible, I’m not sure why he was on the roof in the first place.” Another
woman who lives on the street but did not wish to be named said: “I didn’t know anything about it until the police chapped the door in the morning. It’s such shame.”
A card was placed on one of the doors of the old school building, which is owned by South Lanarkshire Council, which read: “Miss you daddy Love Julia and Mia”.
A police spokesperson said: “Around 6.20am hours on Saturday, July 11, police and emergency services were called to a report of man found dead on McCallum Avenue, Rutherglen. The death is currently being treated as unexplained. A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death and a report will be submitted to the PF. Enquiries are ongoing.”
A council spokesperson said: “As this is an ongoing police matter, we are unable to comment at this stage.”
Scene John Baird was found near here on McCallum Avenue in the early hours of Saturday morning and, inset, a card left by a mourner