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Murder victim on Scotland building site named by police

A site security supervisor has been murdered on a housing development building site in Scotland’s central belt.

The victim has been named as 49-year-old Mohammad Abu Sammour (pictured) of Caldercruix, Scotland.

Mr Abu Sammour was discovered “lying seriously injured” on a road near the site located between Holytown and Newarthill at around 1:05am on Sunday morning, police said.

He was taken to Wishaw General Hospital where he died a short time later. A murder investigation was launched following a postmortem.

A white van was seen speeding away from the scene shortly before Mr Abu Sammour was discovered.

The burnt-out remains of the van were later discovered on nearby wasteland between the A723 and Burn Crescent, New Stevenston.

Detective chief inspector David Pinkney said: “Enquiries are being carried out to identify [Mr Abu Sammour’s] last known movements and we would urge anyone with information to contact us.

“We now believe that the vehicle which was seen driving off is in fact Mr Abu Sammours’s works van, which is a white Peugeot Partner van with blue writing on the side.

“At this time the motive of the murder is unknown.”

Police have also appealed for anyone who saw Mr Abu Sammour’s van between 1am and midday on Sunday 28 October to come forward.

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