Car at­tack

Po­lice in ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion to linked in­ci­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A com­mu­nity has been left stunned af­ter a food de­liv­ery driver was at­tacked and his car later petrol bombed as it was towed away.

The ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent took place last Thurs­day at the shops on Castlemilk Road in Croft­foot.

A com­mu­nity has been left in shock af­ter a take­away driver was sub­jected to an hor­rific at­tack - then his car petrol-bombed as po­lice tried to take it away.

The 29- year- old man, who works for the Sul­tan In­dian take­away on Castlemilk Road in Croft­foot near Spit­tal, was sit­ting in his red Honda Jazz out­side his work at around 6.50pm when a man opened the door and at­tacked him.

The vic­tim was taken by am­bu­lance to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal where he was set to un­dergo surgery for a se­ri­ous arm in­jury. Med­i­cal staff de­scribed his con­di­tion as “sta­ble.”

The man­ager of the take­away shop, who did not wish to be named, de­scribed the or­deal as ‘ter­ri­ble’ and that the vic­tim had done a num­ber of shifts for the busi­ness.

Later that night, at around 10.55pm, the car was be­ing taken away as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion when a man, only de­scribed as wear­ing dark clothing, ran from Ashcroft Drive on to Castlemilk Road and threw a petrol bomb into the ve­hi­cle. This caused a fire to take hold and the car was com­pletely burned out.

The at­tacker is de­scribed as white, 6ft in height, of slim build, bald and was wear­ing a black t-shirt.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Re­former, “It is sad that that’s hap­pened. I didn’t know him but I hope he is okay.”

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed in­quiries were on­go­ing and De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Tom McKean, Go­van CID, said: “From our in­quiries so far, we know that this was a tar­geted at­tack and that both in­ci­dents are linked. There was no at­tempt to rob the man in his car just to in­jure him and then to go af­ter his car.

“The at­tack on the man hap­pened mid-evening and in quite a busy area so I am sure some­one will have seen it hap­pen.

“The burn­ing of the car was just be­fore 11pm. Castlemilk Road is res­i­den­tial and I have no doubt that this at­tack on the car would have been wit­nessed.

“Thank­fully, the driver of the re­moval ve­hi­cle was not in­jured but this must have been a ter­ri­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“Of­fi­cers are car­ry­ing our door to door en­quiries and re­view­ing CCTV to trace those re­spon­si­ble.”

Ad­di­tional of­fi­cers are pa­trolling the area to pro­vide pub­lic re­as­sur­ance.

Any in­for­ma­tion can be passed to of­fi­cers at Go­van CID via 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 where de­tails can be given in con­fi­dence.

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At­tack The in­ci­dents hap­pened out­side these shops on Castlemilk Road

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