Man Murdered In Sustained Attack Named

27 December 2016, 12:08 | Updated: 27 December 2016, 12:30

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A man murdered in a "sustained attack'' in the early hours of Christmas Day has been named by police.

Thomas Roberts, 43, was one of two men violently assaulted in the Saracen area of Glasgow.

The second victim, a man aged 50, was injured and was treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but has since been discharged.

Police Scotland said they were called to a disturbance in the back courts of residential Ashgill Road at about 4am on Sunday.

They found Mr Roberts with serious injuries and he was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he died a short time later.

Officers from the force's major investigation team have launched a murder inquiry and appealed for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Livingstone, of the Police Scotland Major Investigation Team, described the murder as a ``sustained attack''.

He said: "My officers continue to speak to local residents in the area in an attempt to gather more information to establish the circumstances of this disturbing incident.

"I urge anyone who has even the slightest bit of information, and who has not already spoken to police, to contact us immediately via 101.''

Calls can be made via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.

Mr Roberts was from the Milton area of Glasgow.