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Police use Bluetooth to appeal to football fans for information

posted 16 Mar 2009, 02:52 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 16 Mar 2009, 02:55 ]

Detectives investigating the murder of a young father used Bluetooth technology at Saturday's Edinburgh derby to make an appeal for information that can help catch his killer.

Martyn Barclay was shot outside his home address in Hazelwood Grove, in the Inch area of the Capital, on Saturday, January 17. He died shortly afterwards.

Officers at Easter Road for the Hibs v Hearts derby sent out an appeal for information via a central broadcasting device that transmits messages to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.

It is hoped that the message will reach thousands of fans attending the game.

The appeal is the latest attempt by police to gather information from the public that can help identify Martyn's killer.

Since his death, police have taken statements from around 750 members of the public, visiting approximately 450 addresses during door-to-door enquiries.

In addition, officers have carried out a number of evidential searches, including this week's searches in the vicinity of Old Dalkeith Road, which are likely to continue into next week.

A police spokesman said: "The public response to the appeal has been very encouraging, but we are always looking for ways to reach those who may have information that could assist us in identifying those responsible for Martyn's death.

"This is the first time we have used Bluetooth technology to appeal for information about a murder, and we hope to receive a positive response from fans attending the match.

"It should not be forgotten that Martyn's death has robbed a young son of his father, and caused much heartache and suffering to his family.

"We remain absolutely determined to bring those responsible to justice, and we will continue to apply the significant resources at our disposal to make sure this happens."

Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

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Source: Lothian and Borders Police