Hotel at centre of Glasgow stabbing ‘was housing asylum seekers’

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police respond to major incident on West George Street on June 26, 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Police respond to major incident on West George Street, Glasgow (Picture: SNS Group)

 

The Glasgow hotel at the centre of a multiple stabbing which has left at least three dead was reportedly being used to house asylum seekers.

Police have confirmed that an officer was also injured during the incident at the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street this afternoon. Witnesses reported seeing a number of people being taken away in ambulances.

The Park Inn Glasgow, owned by the Radisson chain, has been closed for business due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has been used during lockdown to house asylum seekers.

Human rights activist Mohammad N Asif tweeted that he had spoken to someone staying there and said ‘many people had been stabbed by knives’. The Refugee Survival Trust said they are checking in with residents they know had been staying at the Park Inn and tweeted: ‘Let’s find ways to make sure everyone affected gets the support they need right now.’

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: A general view of emergency services at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A general view of emergency services at the scene (Picture: Getty Images)

 

Mr Asif, 54, is chair of the Afghan Human Rights Foundation. He told TotalNews.uk the hotel ‘is being used for newly arrived asylum seekers’ and others who have been moved out of their accommodation during the crisis.

He said: ‘I know two residents who live there, they are asylum seekers, because I work with them. One of them gave me a missed call and when I called him back he told me the hotel was attacked.

‘He saw a lot of blood and people were screaming and frightened, and the guy himself was quite frightened. But then someone told him not to speak.’

Police at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow, where a man has been shot by an armed officer after another officer was injured during an attack. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday June 26, 2020. The man shot by armed police in Glasgow city centre has died, Police Scotland assistant chief constable Steve Johnson confirmed, and six other injured people are in hospital including a police officer. See PA story POLICE WestGeorgeSt. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Police at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow (Picture: PA)

 

He added: ‘But the sad part is that three people have lost their life and a few of them have been injured, including a police officer, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims.

‘No matter who the person was, it’s barbaric and it’s unacceptable.

‘I don’t know what the nature of the attack is, but I don’t really look at the nature of the attack.

‘I look at it as no-one has the right to attack any other person, no matter what are your differences background is.

‘You are not allowed to take the law into your own hands and attack innocent people, no matter who you are.

‘I am really, really gutted.

‘People who left their homes and woke up today dreaming for their future and suddenly they are killed. This is just awful.’

TotalNews.uk has contacted Radisson for comment.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers stand in front of a cordoned off area after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Police officers stand in front of a cordoned off area (Picture: Getty Images)

 

Around 20 police vehicles were sent to the hotel on West George Street at around 1.30pm, along with sniffer dogs, armed officers, and paramedics wearing protective suits.

Police Scotland have confirmed six people are being treated in hospital including a police officer, who is a critical and stable condition. A male suspect was shot dead by police shortly after 2pm.

Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: ‘The individual who was shot by armed police has died. Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition.

‘We are continuing to deal with the incident on West George Street, Glasgow, and would ask people to avoid the area. We would urge the public not to speculate about this incident or share unconfirmed information on social media.’

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