Shock at death of popular neighbour

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Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the death of a man whose body was found in his Motherwell home.

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of Gerry McGeough (56) who lived in Watson Street.

Mr McGeough worked in slabbing and once ran his own business.

An elderly neighbour said: “Gerry was a quiet man, but he always said hello and would help me with my shopping bags if he saw me. No one deserves to die like this.”

Another neighbour said he saw two police cars outside the flats where Mr McGeough lived on Saturday night.

The neighbour said: “I realised something had happened, but it wasn’t until Sunday morning that I found out what it was.”

Police carried out door to door enquiries in Watson Street on Sunday and officers could later be seen combing gardens in a search for clues.

Mr McGeough formerly lived in nearby Avon Street and a neighbour there said: “This is very sad news. Gerry was a lovely man who used to help the older neighbours with their gardens. When he did a job it was done well.”

Police said a 53-year-old man was arrested and was due to appear at Hamilton Sheriff Court today.

More on this story in the Motherwell Times, out on Wednesday.