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Operation Lombard

Re-appeal 16 years on - Murder of Thomas Cameron, Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs, 28 June 2007

Details of Incident

Police Scotland’s search for a fugitive wanted for a murder committed 16 years ago is ongoing.


Derek Ferguson, now aged 59 years, is wanted in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron outside a public house in Auchinairn Road, Bishopbriggs on Thursday, 28 June 2007. An international warrant remains in place for his arrest.


As part of the continuing investigation, officers can release new information about Ferguson’s possible appearance and animated images of what he may look like now.


Officers from Police Scotland’s Fugitive Active Search Team (FAST) have enlisted the assistance of a Professor of Forensic Psychology – who has utilised EvoFIT to create images of what Ferguson may look like today.


Working with Professor Charlie Frowd at the University of Central Lancashire, Police Scotland investigators have generated a composite image of Ferguson, using innovative software. Appearances, based on ageing and health are combined to form a short animated sequence – it can be viewed here (link).


Detective Chief Superintendent Vicky Watson


“Our officers have carried out painstaking enquiries and research over the years and are utilising revolutionary technology in our pursuit of Ferguson. The new images released are just one example of how we are combining cutting edge investigative techniques with the results of our relentless investigation and intelligence collection.


“I would like members of the public to look at these images and get in touch with the enquiry team if you recognise him and, most importantly, have information about his current whereabouts.” 


He is described as being between 5’2” and 5’6” in height, with a small scar on his right jaw line, a small piece missing from the top of his left ear and was known to have various tattoos on his forearms, including a heart and a dagger.


Officers leading the search for Ferguson have also consulted a number of experts, including Specialist Psychologists and a Geographical Profiler, as well as digital and cyber specialists, to piece together Ferguson’s movements.


Intelligence gathered leads them to believe that he may have travelled between The Netherlands and Spain.


Detective Chief Superintendent Vicky Watson added:

“Officers have pieced together the recent movements of Derek Ferguson. I would now like to appeal directly to the local communities in the southern areas of The Netherlands, Barcelona, the south coast of Spain and the Balearic Islands to look at these images and get in touch if you have seen him or know where he is.”


FAST have worked closely with the National Crime Agency and partners such as Spanish and Dutch police.


Detective Chief Superintendent Watson added:

“Partnership working is extremely important in our efforts to arrest and extradite Ferguson to face justice in Scotland. I am grateful to the NCA and our international law enforcement partners for their continued commitment to our investigation.


“Despite 16 years having passed, our investigation to trace Ferguson continues and underlines our unwavering commitment to achieve justice for the family of Thomas Cameron.”


A reward of up to £10,000, offered by the independent charity, Crimestoppers, is available to anyone who contacts them anonymously with information which helps lead to the arrest of Ferguson.


Detective Chief Superintendent Watson said:

“I am aware that over the passage of time, loyalties and relationships change.”


Contact Information

Anyone who has any information in connection with the incident (including footage) can contact Police on either 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or alternatively by submitting information via the link at the bottom of this page.