Police name man who died after being found on Dundee street

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Police at the cordon on Mains Road, where John Ogston was found on New Year's Day.

Police in Dundee are continuing to investigate how a 67-year-old man succumbed to serious injuries in a Hilltown street on New Year’s Day.

A member of the public found Dundee man John Ogston lying at the junction of Mains Road and Bayne Square in Hilltown at around 11pm.

He was taken to Ninewells Hospital suffering from serious injuries to his head and body for treatment but later died.

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Police said there are no apparent suspicious circumstances and that
his death remains unexplained at this time.

Four men came to Mr Ogston’s assistance and helped him into a nearby house before the emergency services were called.

Police say they are particularly keen to speak to the four passersby who came
to the man’s aid and the driver of a taxi, who had to manoeuvre his car around the victim.


They want to speak to the driver of a saloon-type vehicle, possibly a red Audi, that was seen in the area at around 11pm on Monday.

DCI Graham Binnie said the force is “urgently” trying to trace several witnesses spotted in the area prior to Mr Ogston being found.

He said: “We are urgently looking to trace a number of witnesses, in particular the driver and any occupants of a red Audi style motor car, four men who assisted with helping Mr Ogston into a nearby house and the driver of a taxi who may have driven along the street at or near the time of the incident.

“I would stress that that due to the circumstances of the incident it may not have been immediately obvious to anyone who saw Mr Ogston that he was seriously injured.

“I would also appeal to anyone who has knowledge of the incident to contact Police Scotland.

“Also, we would like to reassure the public that there be an increased Police presence in the area as officers will be conducting house to house and CCTV enquiries in the coming days.”

Officers were seen searching Bayne Square at 11am yesterday and a large part of Mains Road remained cordoned off by police throughout the day.

One nearby resident said: “They were walking slowly down Bayne Square like they were looking for something.”

William Mitchell, who lives in nearby Bowbridge Place, said he had returned home in the early hours of yesterday morning but had not seen anything untoward.

He said: “I got home about one in the morning and that’s the way I come, but I didn’t see anything.”

Thomas Devaney, who lives in a Mid Road flat overlooking the scene, also only learned about the incident when police arrived yesterday.

He said: “Police were at the door earlier but we didn’t hear anything.”

The incident is unconnected to one that occurred in Adelaide Place two days before Christmas.

A 17-year-old boy was found with head injuries in the early hours of the morning.

Two 15-year-olds were later charged in connection with that incident.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “If you have any information which could assist our inquiries, please call 101 or speak to any police officer.

“Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Our reference is incident number 663 of  January 2.”