CHIEF CONSTABLE PRAISES BRAVERY OF HIS OFFICERS

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Bloodbath in the city yesterday at asylum seeker hotel in West George Street.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone and Constable David Whyte who is ‘critical’ in hospital after being stabbed.

By Bill Heaney

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has made the following statement on events in West George Street, Glasgow, yesterday.

He 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.

FM Nicola Sturgeon and PM Boris Johnston.

“I briefed the First Minister [Nicola Sturgeon] and the Prime Minister [Boris Johnston] earlier today on the circumstances and advised them both that we are not treating the attack as a terrorist incident.

“It is essential enquiries are now carried out to establish the full circumstances and all speculation must be avoided.

“Scotland is a safe place to live and work. We have cohesive communities who work with their police service to maintain our peaceful and respectful way of life.

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

See also earlier report in The Democrat.


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