Police launch murder hunt in Dunfermline

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Police have launched a murder hunt in Dunfermline after a man’s body was found in a house.

Duncan Banks (39) was found dead within a property on the town’s Skye Road around 5pm on Monday - and Police Scotland have confirmed a major investigation was underway.

It is treating Mr Banks’ death as murder, and an extensive investigation is being led by detectives from the force’s Major Investigation Team (MIT).

The moves follow the findings of a post-mortem.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie of the MIT, said: “Mr Banks was the victim of a violent assault and we are committed to tracing anyone who was involved in his death.

“Such acts of violence have no place in society and I would again urge anyone who has any relevant information to contact police immediately on 101.

Alternatively, they can be passed anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’’

DCI Hardie also wants to hear from anyone who was in the area of Skye Road between 11.00 a.m. on Sunday, September 27, and 5.00 p.m. on Monday, September 28, and who noticed any unusual behaviour to come forward.

The police action comes as family of the victim paid tribute - and criticised comments being made on social media.

They described Mr Banks as ‘‘a beloved son and a much-loved brother and uncle’’ and said they had ‘‘all been left utterly devastated by his death.’’

“He was a very popular character, who had a heart of gold and wouldn’t hurt a fly. Whenever he could, he would try to help his friends and family with any problems they ha,’’ the statement continued.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received from our friends and the local community during this awful time and we are all so grateful for the messages of sympathy we continue to receive. At this time, we would ask that we be left alone to grieve for Duncan and that our privacy be respected.’’

The family also appealed for social media speculation in the incident to cease.

“In the past couple of day’s we have read a number of very upsetting suggestions and theories about how Duncan died and until we know exactly what happened, we would request that people stop jumping to conclusions and let the police finish their investigation.”

Police have set up an incident bus in the area and put high visibility patrols into the area.

West Fife Area Commander Chief Inspector Irene Ralston said: “I want to reassure the local community that, although this is a serious and violent crime, it is not a common event in Fife and we are doing everything in our power to bring whoever is responsible to justice.

“Anyone who has concerns is welcome to speak to an officer there.”