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Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 11:12

Suspect shot after stabbing attack in Glasgow

Scottish Police have said that six people are being treated in hospital, including a police officer who is in a stable but critical condition after a stabbing attack took place in Glasgow city centre.

The incident happened on West George Street in Glasgow in the early afternoon on Friday. Police Scotland have said the situation is contained and that there is no danger to the general public. The street is closed off and police have asked members of the public to avoid the area.

A male suspect was shot by armed police at the scene of the incident and has died.

It is believed that the incident took place in a Park Inn hotel.

Following the attack, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon tweeted saying;

“My thoughts are with all those who have been injured in the incident in Glasgow today. My sincere thanks go to our emergency services. The injury of a @policescotland officer is a reminder of the great bravery our police officers show every day as they work to keep us safe.

Please follow @policescotland for official updates. Some of the information that has been circulating is unconfirmed/inaccurate – and the situation is serious enough without that. And let’s all keep the injured and their families uppermost in our thoughts”

The UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has called the reports from Glasgow “deeply alarming”, while UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, my thoughts are with all the victims and their families.”


In a statement on Friday evening, Chief Constable Ian Livingstone said;

“Terrible incidents such as we have seen today are, thankfully, very rare in Scotland. This event has understandably shocked the people of Glasgow, and indeed, the whole country.

“My thoughts and very best wishes are with those who have been injured and their families, including our colleague Constable David Whyte who was seriously injured in the course of doing his duty. I offer my personal support to all those affected.

“Officers have once again run into danger to protect their fellow citizens. Their professionalism as police officers was outstanding. I pay tribute to their bravery, selflessness and commitment to protecting the public.

Mr Livingstone added “In the context of the current health emergency, and to respect those injured today and the people of Glasgow, I ask everyone to exercise personal responsibility. Please, do not gather in crowds this weekend.”

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Police said on Friday evening that the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

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