Four men each face five attempted murder charges after brawl following north-east crash

© Jasper ImageThe scene of the crash on the A98
The scene of the crash on the A98

Four men have appeared in court facing five attempted murder charges each over an incident near a north-east village.

Three Aberdeen men and one from Peterhead appeared in court in connection with a crash and disturbance on the A98 near Cullen.

A police probe was launched following a crash which involved a number of vehicles, including motorbikes, and a subsequent disturbance.

Two people were airlifted to hospital following the incident on Saturday at around 4.30pm.

Appearing in private at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday in connection with the matter was Ian Ewing, 42, Patrick Noble, 51, and Kyle Urquhart, 21, all from Aberdeen, and Ian Yeomans, 56, from Peterhead.

The men are each facing five attempted murder charges.

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They are charged with assault to danger of life and attempted murder, and four counts of assault to severe injury, danger of life and attempted murder.

Yeomans is also facing a charge of having a blade or point in public.

During the hearing the men made no plea. The case against them was committed for further examination and they were all released on bail.

No further dates have been set for future court appearances.

The A98 approaching Cullen was closed for several hours on Saturday while investigations were carried out.

Police had said it was an “isolated incident” and that a “significant amount of resources” had been dedicated to the inquiry.

Speaking after an appeal for information, Inspector Neil Campbell said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who have contacted police so far with valuable information.”