Police are appealing for information about a red car that was used by the gunman who shot Marc Webley outside a pub in Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve.
Victim was ex-boyfriend of EuroMillions winner
Marc Webley, 38, was gunned down near the Anchor Inn on West Granton Road just before midnight in what officers have said could have been a ‘targeted attack’. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries but later died.
Webley was the former boyfriend of Jane Park, Britain’s youngest EuroMillions winner, who scooped £1 million when she was 17. The pair dated for a few months in 2017 but split after Webley was jailed for a knife attack.
Webley had a criminal history and was involved in a gang feud in north Edinburgh. In 2005, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempting to murder a rival with a machete. He was also accused of taunting his enemies in videos posted online before his death.
Gunman ‘lay in wait’ for victim
According to witnesses, the gunman ‘lay in wait’ for Webley and shot him as he walked on the street with a young boy on his shoulders, who was carrying a school bag. The child, believed to be Webley’s son, was unhurt but left traumatised by the incident.
The shooter then fled the scene in a red car, which was driven by an accomplice. The car was seen travelling at a slow pace behind Webley before accelerating and stopping near him. CCTV cameras captured the attack and the distressed cries of the child.
Police have released an image of the red car, which is believed to be a Renault Clio or a similar model, and are urging anyone who saw it or has any information about it to come forward.
Police launch murder investigation
Detective Chief Inspector Bob Frew, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a horrific incident that has resulted in the death of a man and a young child being exposed to extreme violence. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Marc Webley at this difficult time.”
He added: “We are treating this as a targeted attack and we believe the red car is connected to the shooting. We are keen to trace its movements before and after the incident, and to identify who was in it. We are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the shooting, or who has any other relevant information, to contact us as soon as possible.”
He said that extra patrols would be carried out in the area to reassure the public and to gather any further evidence.
Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 4125 of 31 December, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.