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Police officer stabbed at Glasgow hotel

Scene: Closed roads in Glasgow city centre following the incident PICTURE: PA

THREE people are believed to be dead following a knife attack at a hotel in Glasgow.

Armed police swarmed on the Park Inn, West George Street, at around 1.30pm following reports of a man with a knife.

Police Scotland said a male suspect was shot dead by an armed unit and an officer was receiving treatment in hospital after being stabbed.

Response: Members of the emergency services at the scene in West George Street

The hotel has been closed for business due to the coronavirus pandemic but was used to house refugees for care provider Mears Group.

Images on social media appeared to show armed police entering the building and a large number of emergency vehicles outside.

Assistant Ch Con Steve Johnson said: ‘Armed police officers attended the incident and I can confirm that a male suspect was shot by an armed officer.’

He added: ‘I would like to reassure the public that at this time we are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

‘I can also confirm that a police officer was injured while dealing with the incident and that officer is receiving treatment in hospital.’

David Hamilton, Scottish Police Federation chairman, said: ‘Whilst there is understandable and considerable public interest in the major incident in Glasgow earlier today, our focus at this time is in assisting the family of our colleague who has been seriously injured.

‘This is obviously an anxious time for them and we ask that they be left alone as their attentions are very obviously directed towards the care of their loved one.

‘Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with our colleague, his family and friends, and all colleagues affected by this incident at this time.’

Police said the incident was ‘contained’ and there was no danger to the public.

One witness, who gave his name as John, said he saw two people stabbed in the hotel.

Attack: The suspect was shot dead by armed police

He said he came down from the third floor to see the reception covered in blood.

‘One receptionist had been stabbed behind the receptionist desk,’ he said.

‘And then when I went down to the entrance I shouted at him and told him to stay calm and I will call for help.

‘When I went to the entrance I saw another receptionist was fighting for his life and had been stabbed.

‘There were two police officers there assisting him.’

Craig Milroy, who witnessed the aftermath from an office building, said four people were taken away in ambulances.

He added: ‘I saw a man lying on the ground, of African descent, with no shoes on.

‘He was on the ground with someone holding his side — I don’t know if it was a bullet wound, a stab wound or what it was.’

Mr Milroy said the man was one of the four taken away by medics and believed him to be a victim of an attack.

He added: ‘After that we saw commotion, ambulances further up and we saw armed police all running into the hotel.

‘We were still standing outside. After that the police came down — the riot police and triage team told us to go back in and lock the door.’

The prime minister tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened by the terrible incident in Glasgow, my thoughts are with all the victims and their families. Thank you to our brave emergency services who are responding.’

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘My thoughts are with all those who have been injured in the incident in Glasgow today. My sincere thanks go to our emergency services.’