Young Port Glasgow dad 'stabbed to death' during fight 'involving crossbow'

Jack Trainer passed away at the scene
Jack Trainer passed away at the scene -Credit:Facebook

A young dad was allegedly stabbed to death during a fight involving a crossbow in Port Glasgow.

Jack Trainner, 27, was found in a common close with serious injuries on Saturday night (April 27) and later died at the scene.

Police are treating the death as a "targeted attack". Officers have cordoned off a large area of Brookfield Road as an investigation into the "suspicious" death continues.

A source told the Daily Record: "It was a targeted attack.

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Officers have cordoned off a large area of Brookfield Road
Officers have cordoned off a large area of Brookfield Road -Credit: Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record

"A fight broke out and a crossbow and a knife were involved."

The Record reports that three police cars, a police van and eight officers were seen inside the cordon on Monday afternoon. Forensic officers were also seen working inside a block of flats as an officer stood guard at the door.

A number of properties inside the cordon belong to housing association River Clyde Homes.

It is understood residents living inside the block of flats have been unable to leave their homes as the common close remains a crime scene. Other neighbours were heard being asked to sign in by uniformed officers.

Forensic officers on scene
Forensic officers on scene -Credit:Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record

Locals told of their fears over the violence which erupted just yards from their homes. One resident told the Record: "This is a quiet street.

"I was scared when I heard someone had lost their life. It's really frightening to think something like this could happen just a few yards away from my home. It's shocking.

"The police haven't told us anything. I'll be keeping my door locked.

"It worries me that whoever is responsible is still out there.

Another resident said: "On Sunday morning we woke up and there was police everywhere.

"The sooner the police catch who was involved the better."

Officers have appealed to the public for information and asked locals to check their CCTV and dashcam footage.

Police Scotland investigate a scene of crime on Brookfield Road, Port Glasgow
Police Scotland investigate a scene of crime on Brookfield Road, Port Glasgow -Credit:Tony Nicoletti/Daily Record

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Detective Chief Inspector Ally Semple, Major Investigation Teams (West) said: "At this time, we believe that the attack on the man was targeted.

"Officers have been carrying out enquiries in the area, checking CCTV and speaking to local residents but we’d still like to hear from anyone with information who has not yet come forward.

"We'd be keen to view any doorbell/private CCTV or dashcam footage from the area and between 8.30pm and 9.15pm on Saturday, just in case footage has been caught that would identify any suspects.

"There will be an increased police presence in the area as our enquiries continue." Police Scotland can be contacted via 101, quoting reference number 3680 of Saturday, April 27, 2024. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tributes were paid to Trainner who is understood to be a dad-of-two.

Nadia Carter posted on Facebook: "Your babies will love you forever. Can’t believe I’ve got to tell our babies you're gone to heaven, just doesn’t feel real - love you always Jack Trainner."

Kyle Campbell said: "Jack Trainner where do I begin brother. I'm sorry it had to end this way. I always thought things might have turned out different.

"I thank you for everything you ever did for me, everything you taught me, shared with me, I could go on and on but nothing would give credit to the friend/brother you were to me.

"You had a heart of gold brother and I can never repay you enough. Life will never be the same without you, until we meet again brother, rest easy."

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