DETECTIVES investigating a murder in Thornliebank are keen to trace the occupants of a car who may have witnessed the horrific attack.

It is hoped the potential witnesses can help officers snare the killer of 33-year-old Anthony Ferns.

He was sitting in a blue Audi A3 in Crebar Street, at its junction with Roukenburn Street, at around 10.10pm on Thursday, April 18, when he was approached by a man who launched a savage assault.

Enquiries carried out by police so far have revealed that a car drove along Crebar Street and passed the Audi just at the time the crime was taking place.

Detectives are appealing for the driver and passengers in this vehicle to contact them.

They have also stressed there is nothing to suggest this vehicle has any connection to the crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Grant Macleod, of the Major Investigations Team, said: “It is vital that the occupants of the car which was driving along Crebar Street and passed the Audi contact us.

"They may not have been aware of what they were witnessing but I’m sure they have crucial information which could help us in our investigation.

"We are continuing to review CCTV images and have received a good response from the public, which we are following up.

"The motive for this murder is unknown and we are still piecing together Anthony’s last known movements. Our enquiries so far have revealed that he drove to Main Street in Thornliebank just before 10pm and, afterwards, returned to Roukenburn Street, where the attack happened.

“Additional officers continue to patrol the area to provide reassurance to the local community. Anyone who has any concerns or has any information can contact these officers or get in touch with us by calling 101.

"Please do pass on any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, as it could be important.”

The man who carried out the attack on Mr Ferns, who was known to his friends as Tony, is described as white, aged between 20 and 30 and between 5ft 8ins and 6ft in height.

At the time, he was wearing a dark tracksuit and possibly a light-coloured baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers via 101, quoting incident number 4732 of April 18. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be given anonymously.

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