Shocked res­i­dents find body on road

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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

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