Mother of Anthony Ferns pleads with people to come forward two years on since his murder

Two years on from the murder of her son, Phyllis Ferns has made a second appeal pleading for people to come forward and help the investigation into his death.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 7:33 am
Phyllis Ferns, pictured here with her son Tony, is pleading for people to come forward and help the investigation into his death.

On Thursday, 18 April, 2019, 33-year-old Tony Ferns was murdered in Thornliebank.

The enquiry continues two years on into his death.

Tony was within his car, an Audi A3, in Crebar Street, when a man approached him and violently assaulted him.

Tony managed to make it home with serious injuries to Roukenburn Street, where paramedics fought to save his life.

However, their attempts were in vain and Tony died with his mother watching on.

A murder inquiry was immediately launched and has been ongoing since.

More than 600 people have been spoken to as part of the investigation, and enquiries remain ongoing.

Officers have also examined thousands of hours of CCTV footage and a stop and interview operation was carried out a week on from the murder on Thursday, 25 April, 2019.

On what is two years since her son's death (Sunday, 18 April, 2021), Phyllis Ferns, Tony’s mum, is appealing to members of the public for help.

She said: “I cannot believe it is now two years since my son Tony was brutally murdered and taken away from me forever. My life is on hold. I have not been able to move on or accept the fact I won’t see my boy again.

“I need closure. I need the person or persons responsible to be prosecuted.”

She added: “I appeal and plead with anyone who has any information to contact police or Crimestoppers.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Grant, who is now leading the enquiry, said: “Two years have passed since this incident and I am determined to find whoever is responsible for Tony’s murder. It’s clear he was a much loved son and partner and is deeply missed by his family.

“I am convinced there are people out there who have information, vital to this investigation, who have failed to come forward. This may be down to fear or some misplaced loyalty to those responsible for this horrific crime, but please do the right thing and contact us, you can be assured your information will be treated in the utmost confidence.

“Phyllis had to watch her son, Tony, suffer and die, something no mother should have to go through."

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Grant added: “Put yourself in her shoes and think how she must feel, does she not deserve to know why her son was murdered and taken from her? Please help us find answers for a mother who deserves to know the truth.”

Anyone with any information on the murder of Anthony Ferns is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 4732 of 18 April 2019.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where you can give your information anonymously.

There is also a Crimestoppers reward of up to £10,000 for any information which assists the investigation into the murder of Anthony Ferns.