Police hunting pair caught on CCTV in connection with Bannatyne's shooting


By Christine Lavelle

POLICE probing the shooting of a man outside an Edinburgh health club have revealed they are looking for two suspects in connection with the attack.

Robert Kelbie, 27, a well known property developer in the city, was gunned down outside Bannatyne’s Health Club on Wednesday, 20 October.

He managed to run into the club in Newcraighall and was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before discharging himself the same evening.

A silver Vauxhall Vectra car was reportedly seen speeding away from the scene moments later, and police believe they recovered it the following morning in a private car park off West Bryson Road.

Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information, following the discovery of CCTV footage, which shows two people running from the area where the car was found, around half an hour after the shooting.

The Vauxhall Vectra had been reported stolen from the Glasgow area at the beginning of October, and it was found partially burnt-out in a parking bay outside flats housing Edinburgh Napier University students.

The CCTV images show the pair running from West Bryson Road into Harrison Lane, towards the Union Canal, at around 7.20pm on 20 October.

Police are now appealing for information that can assist them in tracing the two people.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thomas, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that the Vauxhall Vectra was abandoned in West Bryson Road just minutes before the two people were shown on CCTV, and we are keen for any information that can assist us in tracing them.

“We know that the area was relatively busy with dog walkers and pedestrians, and it is likely that someone would have noticed two people in the area, either running towards the Union Canal, or on the towpath there.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time, who noticed the two people, should contact police immediately.

“So far we have had a positive response to our appeals for information, and I would like to thank those members of the public who have come forward.

“Of course, we remain keen to speak to anyone who has any information that can assist us, including those who have not yet been in touch with police.

“Rest assured that any information received will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Anyone with any information should contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers in confidence and on 0800 555 111.