Murder inquiry launched as Motherwell man found dead

Mark Thomas Donnelly
Mark Thomas Donnelly

Police have launched a murder inquiry after Motherwell man Mark Thomas Donnelly was found dead in Coatbridge yesterday (Sunday).

Around 6.30am a member of the public found the body of the 27-year-old in a car park off Hozier Street, police say he had been the victim of a violent assault.

Following a post mortem examination, police are treating the incident as murder.

Detectives have been carrying out door-to-door enquiries and are in the process of reviewing CCTV images in an effort to establish how Mr Donnelly, who was originally from Bellshill, came about his injuries.

Enquiries so far have revealed that he was in Motherwell town centre around 11.15am on Saturday morning and he was seen later in the Bellshill area around 5pm.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Graham, of Police Scotland major investigation team, said: “A young man has died as a result of a violent assault and we are currently trying to piece together his last known movements.

“We know that he left his home in Motherwell on Saturday morning around 10.55am and went into Motherwell town centre, he was also seen in Bellshill around 5pm.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen him during the day or anyone who knew his whereabouts during that period to get in touch with us.

“Mark’s family has been left devastated by what has happened and I would ask anyone who knew him, who has not yet spoken to the police, to contact us.

Any information or knowledge could prove vital in helping us establish how this young man died and help us trace whoever is responsible.”

A police incident caravan has been set up in Hozier Street, Coatbridge, and additional patrols will be in the area to offer reassurance to members of the local community.

Anyone with any information or indeed any concerns can approach these officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coatbridge police office on 01236 502000 or call 101, the police non-emergency number. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.