Man arrested in connection with Bathgate murder

Man arrested in connection with Bathgate murder

Police Scotland can confirm that a 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a 54-year-old man.

The incident happened around 3am on Saturday, December 17, when the 54-year-old sustained a head injury.

He was taken to St John’s Hospital, Livingston, where he passed away a short time later.

The 35-year-old will appear at Livingston Sheriff Court on Monday, December 19.

Officers are not looking to trace anyone else in connection with this incident, however, they would encourage anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident to come forward.

Chief Inspector Colin Gagen of Lothians and Scottish Borders Division said: “This death is a tragedy and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

“These types of incidents are thankfully rare and we are treating this death as an isolated case.

“We will be undertaking extra patrols in the King Street area in order to provide community reassurance. Members of the public should expect to see officers in and around the area in the coming days.

“I would urge anyone who was in King Street around 3am on Saturday, December 17, and has information that can assist our inquiries, to get in touch with us immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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