MAJOR INCIDENT: Three people dead after hospital lockdown attacks

Two women and a man dead after series of linked incidents in Kilmarnock

Three people have died after a series of linked incidents that police say forced a hospital to be locked down in Kilmarnock.

Two women, aged 39 and 24, and a 40-year-old man died on Thursday night, police said.

Crosshouse University Hospital was locked down after the 39-year-old woman was found injured after being attacked at 7.45pm in the car park, where she died despite medical treatment.

The 24-year-old woman was stabbed 20 minutes later in the town’s Portland Street and died after being taken to the hospital.

The man then died at the scene of a car crash on the C50, a road between the B7036 and the A76.

Emma Robertson Coupland, 39, was found injured in the car park of University Hospital Crosshouse, near Kilmarnock in East Ayrshire, at around 7.45pm on Thursday but she died at the scene.

In a second incident 20 minutes later on Portland Street, Kilmarnock, her daughter Nicole Anderson, 24, was stabbed.

Emergency services attended the scene and she was taken to the hospital at Crosshouse, but she later died.

Steven Robertson, 40, then died in a car crash on a minor road between the B7036 and the A76 on the outskirts of Kilmarnock, at around 8.30pm.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and that an investigation was underway into the full circumstances.

Chief superintendent Faroque Hussain said: “A number of locations remain cordoned off as officers continue to conduct enquiries.

“We are working to confirm the full circumstances of what has happened. If anyone has any information which could assist our enquiries, please do contact us.

“Understandably, people will be shocked by what has happened.  We are still in the process of establishing the full circumstances, however, I would like to reassure people that there is no wider threat to the community. 

“Officers will be on patrol and anyone with any concerns can approach these officers.”

The hospital was locked down for around three hours following the first incident, reopening at 10.30pm.

Crawford McGuffie, NHS Ayrshire and Arran medical director, said on Thursday: “Following the police incident earlier this evening, University Hospital Crosshouse was put under lockdown.

“Police Scotland have confirmed the risk to patients, staff and visitors to the hospital is minimal, and so this lockdown has been lifted.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said her thoughts were with everyone involved in the incidents.

She tweeted: “Dreadful news. My thoughts are with the bereaved. Thinking too of everyone at Crosshouse Hospital, already dealing with the tough circumstances of Covid.  I’m also grateful to our emergency services.”

Road diversions are in place as a number of areas remain cordoned off in the town centre and on the road between the B7036 and A76.  Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

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