Vic­tim feels lucky to be alive af­ter Box­ing Day as­sault

Hamilton Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - KIRSTEN MC­STAY

Po­lice are fol­low­ing a pos­i­tive line of en­quiry af­ter a man was stabbed out­side a Hamil­ton con­ve­nience store on Box­ing Day.

Scott Bal­lan­tyne (27) was in­side a shop on Anns­field Road, around 9.40pm when of­fi­cers say he be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with two men.

On leav­ing, a fight broke out be­tween all three which re­sulted in Scott be­ing stabbed. Medics then trans­ported him by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospi­tal in East Kil­bride, where med­i­cal staff de­scribed his con­di­tion at the time as “se­ri­ous but sta­ble”.

He has since been re­leased from hospi­tal and is re­cov­er­ing at home.

When the Ad­ver­tiser asked Scott about where he was in­jured, he said: “On my chest, cou­ple of inches more cen­tral and I think I would have been dead.”

He added: “I’m get­ting bet­ter now, I got home yes­ter­day (Sun­day), so at least I’m not in hospi­tal for New Year.”

Af­ter Scott was stabbed, the sus­pects were chased by mem­bers of the pub­lic but they man­aged

to get away and ran into the Ed­dle­wood area of the town.

Po­lice say both sus­pects are white and in their early 20s.

The first man had dark hair, was 5ft 10ins to 6ft, had a slim/medium build and was wear­ing a dark long-sleeved top and dark jeans or trousers.

The sec­ond sus­pect had short red hair, was 5ft 10ins, a slim build and was wear­ing a dis­tinc­tive white hooded jacket which had eye­holes in the hood.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Alan Hamil­ton, Cam­bus­lang CID, said: “As far as we’re aware, the in­jured man and the sus­pects didn’t know each other.

“How­ever, for what­ever rea­son, they seemed to have had words in the shop which led to the man be­ing in­jured.

“Of­fi­cers have been check­ing CCTV and are speak­ing to peo­ple who came for­ward to help the man.

“How­ever, we’re still ap­peal­ing for oth­ers who may have seen the fight or who may recog­nise the de­scrip­tions of the sus­pects to get in touch.

“The shop is on a busy street next to a pub and we know there were quite a few peo­ple around at the time.

“We also know that the sus­pects had been drink­ing out­side the shop prior to the dis­tur­bance, so maybe some­one saw them hang­ing about.

“If you have any in­for­ma­tion that will as­sist of­fi­cers with their en­quiries, call Hamil­ton Po­lice Of­fice via 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 0096.

“De­tails can also be passed anony­mously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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