Police in Hamilton reassured the public over safety fears today after launching a murder investigation into the death of Amber Gibson.

Officers say an increased police presence will centre around the Cadzow Street, Church Street, Common Green, Sheiling Hill, Back o' Barns and Postgate - the area known locally as the auld town - as well as at Fore Row and Back Row.

That's as well as within Cadzow Glen the area where the body of the 16-year-old was discovered in woods on Sunday morning.

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Police also say officers will be on hand in Hamilton town centre to allay any fears, encouraging the public to speak to them with concerns or with any information they may have.

Area Commander for Hamilton and Clydesdale, Briony Daye, spoke at a press conference at the site of the incident this afternoon.

She said: "This area is obviously has a large community.

Detective superintendent Raymond Brown and Chief Inspector Briony Daye

"There is a lot of activity near the town centre, but it is also a really close-knit and well looked after community.

"As the senior police officer, I fully understand the shock and distress - we are all human obviously with these circumstances. But I think what I want to do is confirm officers here are working to give that reassurance, that visibility, back to the public.

"So what you will see is a lot more police presence and reaching out to the public as well because, again if the public can help us in anyway with this enquiry.

Amber Niven was last seen in Hamilton on Friday
Tragic Amber Gibson

"You will see a lot more officers obviously round about this area, also reassurance patrols in the wider Hamilton area, and also in the town centre as we are getting into a busy festive period.

"So I would ask people to approach those officers if you have any concerns or if you have anything you want to speak to them about then do so."

Amber was reported missing on Friday evening after leaving her Hillhouse home.

She was last seen on Cadzow Street at around 9.55pm before her body was discovered in Cadzow Glen at 10.10am on Sunday morning.

On Tuesday evening officers announced that the death was now being treated as a murder and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

Detective Superintendent Raymond Brown said: "Whilst our enquiries continue, we are asking for anyone with any information on what happened to Amber, or anyone who believes they saw her at any point of her movements between Friday and Sunday, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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