Number of people quizzed by police after man found dead in North-east home

An area was cordoned off in Fraserburgh after the incident.

Police investigating the murder of a North-east man were today continuing to quiz a number of people about his death.

Gary Clampett, 39, was found dead within a property in Fraserburgh’s Fernie Place following a “large-scale disturbance”.

Police had been called to the scene at around 4am yesterday following reports of a fight.

Residents were ordered to stay indoors for much of yesterday as forensics experts examined the scene.

The man leading the hunt, Detective Inspector Gary Winter, said officers were “following a number of lines of inquiry”.

He said: “An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Gary Clampett is under way. Our thoughts are with Gary’s family and friends. Police will remain in the area while our inquiries are ongoing. We are following a number of lines of inquiry.

“I would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to this incident or private CCTV in the area of Fernie Place, Fraserburgh, to please come forward. You can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 should you wish to remain anonymous.

“Additionally I would like to thank the local community for their patience while inquiries are carried out.”

Yesterday police in riot gear were seen forcing entry into another property in Fernie Place. At least two men were taken away in handcuffs.

Police today said they were following a positive line of inquiry and a number of people were assisting detectives, but there have been no arrests.

Throughout today police were carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area as well as “reassurance patrols”.

Residents said they were shocked by Mr Clampett’s death. Ieva Mileute was heading out to work at 5am when she was stopped by officers.

She said: “I was going to my car to go to my job when the police said I was not allowed to leave – even for work. I never heard anything happening but my neighbour said they heard a lot of voices.

“Apparently there had been a big group of about 15 boys fighting.”

She added: “I am a bit shocked. This is the first time something like this has happened for me – it is scary.”

Councillor Brian Topping, who represents Fraserburgh, said: “Fraserburgh is a very, very safe place to live, just like Aberdeenshire, and very few things like this happen. We must let the police carry out an investigation to find out the circumstances of the death. This is someone’s family, a son, brother or uncle. It really is a very sad day for everyone involved.”