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  1. Six people stabbed in attack in Glasgow hotel

    That brings us to the end of BBC Scotland's live coverage of a major incident in Glasgow which left six people with stab wounds. The suspect was shot dead by police officers.

    • One of those stabbed was a 42-year-old police officer, who is reported to be in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital.
    • The other men in hospital are aged 17, 18, 29, 38, and 53.
    • The incident is not being treated as terrorism.

    Any further developments will be reported on the BBC News website.

  2. 'Please do not politicise this' - Glasgow City Council leader

    Susan Aitken
    Image caption: Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken says "division is the last thing we need"

    The leader of Glasgow City Council was asked about a suggestion that Glasgow was a "powder keg" - and that the incident could lead to further disorder in the city.

    Earlier this month there were violent scenes in the city when far right supporters turned up at a rally in support of refugees.

    Susan Aitken told Reporting Scotland: "I would absolutely urge anyone not to politicise this, not to use this to divide the city."

    Ms Aitken said Glasgow had faced tragedy in the past - and would come through it by supporting each other and not allowing communities to be divided.

    "There has been a lot of speculation this afternoon which hasn't been helpful which doesn't help. It's not fair to the victims, it's not fair to the victims' families and it doesn't help the city," she said.

    "Glasgow needs to pull together, we need to have each others' backs and support our communities through this. Division is the last thing we need."

  3. PM praise for 'exceptional bravery' of police

    Boris Johnson

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thanked the Police Scotland chief constable Iain Livingstone for the exceptional bravery of his officers at today's incident in Glasgow, No 10 Downing Street has revealed.

    "The PM’s thoughts remain with the injured and their loved ones," it said, pointing out that he had spoken to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

    Mr Johnson has also held a meeting with the Home Secretary and senior police officers, in which he was updated.

  4. Glasgow has 'long and proud history of welcoming asylum seekers'

    Patrick Harvie

    Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, says it is “reassuring” that the stabbing incident in Glasgow is not being treated as a terrorist incident, but it is still a "deeply distressing time for everyone involved".

    The Park Inn Hotel was being used to house asylum seekers while their own accommodation was being refurbished.

    "Without getting into speculation about any kind of connection, we can say Glasgow is a city with a long and proud history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers," Mr Harvie told BBC News.

    "It is also a city where there has been a strong desire to treat refugees and asylum seekers with decency. That hasn’t always been the case in the UK asylum system."

    Mr Harvie claimed the way asylum seekers have been treated during the recent coronavirus crisis is "clearly well short of adequate".

  5. What do we know so far?

    • A man has been shot dead by police following an incident in Glasgow city centre at around 12:50 BST
    • Six others, one a police officer, were injured.
    • It took place at the Park Inn Hotel, in West George Street, which has been used to as emergency accommodation for displaced asylum seekers.
    • Officers were on the scene within two minutes - armed officers shortly afterwards - and the incident "was quickly contained".
    • The 42-year-old injured police officer is in "a critical but stable condition".
    • The other men in hospital are aged 17, 18, 29, 38 and 53.
    • The incident is not being treated as terrorism, but police are continuing to investigate the circumstances and motive for the attack.
    • Police say that there is no wider risk to the public, but the street remains closed and people are being told to avoid the area.
  6. 'Public should avoid area' around stabbing incident

    Steve Johnson

    Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson said that while there is no wider risk to the public, West George Street remains closed as investigations continue and the public should avoid the area.

    "As would be the case in any police discharge of firearms involving a fatality, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has instructed the police investigations and review commissioner to investigate," he added.

  7. These are human beings, don't dehumanise them - Sarwar

    Drivetime with Fiona Stalker

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Anas Sarwar

    "Don't be alarmist and spread unsubstantiated rumours or claims," Labour MSP for Glasgow, Anas Sarwar, has urged the public.

    He asked them to remember that "human beings" were killed and injured at the Glasgow hotel.

    "It is really sad and really distressing and I've seen on social media already people trying to dehumanise them and label them as asylum seekers, etc," he told BBC Radio Scotland.

    "But these are, first and foremost, human beings and human beings who are going through horror today. They are fellow Glaswegians who are going through horror today."

    Mr Sarwar pointed out that there was a protest last week over "how asylum seekers have been treated" saying they were kicked out of their accommodation amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

    He said: "They have fled tyranny, violence and danger abroad and sadly they have been amidst violence and danger today."

  8. BreakingPolice news conference: 'Not being treated as terrorism'

    Police officer

    Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson has just given a brief update near the scene of the stabbings.

    He said the first report came in at 12:50 and officers were on the scene within two minutes.

    He confirms that the incident is not being treated as terrorism, and that armed officers shot dead a man.

    A 42-year-old police officer was wounded and is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

    Five other men are also in hospital, aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53.

  9. Six people being treated in two Glasgow hospitals

    Drivetime with Fiona Stalker

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Ambulance at hospital

    BBC Scotland reporter Gillian Sharpe is outside Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

    She said: "This is the closest hospital to the scene of this afternoon's incident. Six people are being treated in hospital - here, and at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital across the city.

    "One of them is the police officer and their condition is described as critical. Their family has been informed."

  10. BreakingPolice confirm one person dead and six injured

    Police Scotland say one person was shot dead by armed police in the incident in Glasgow

    Six men were injured including a 42-year-old police officer who is critical but stable in hospital

    The ages of the other injured are 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53.

  11. 'It looked maybe like he had tried to run away from the hotel'

    scene of stabbings

    Craig Milroy was working nearby and saw a badly injured man lying on the steps outside the hotel.

    "I saw a man with no T-shirt, no shoes lying on the ground with what looked like a stab wound with someone compressing the wound," he told the BBC News Channel

    "We looked further up and we saw a large police presence. Then we saw the man with the stab wound being taken away in an ambulance being put on oxygen.

    "After that the police came over, told us to move into our office and lock the doors. That's when the alarm bells started ringing."

    He said he saw up to seven people being taken away in ambulances.

    "The man we saw, it looked maybe like he had tried to run away from the hotel. The man we saw outside our office, it looked like maybe he tried to escape any incident that happened but before that it looked like everything was happening within the hotel."

  12. 'Massive police operation' ongoing at scene

    Drivetime with Fiona Stalker

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Allan Burnett, a policing expert who worked on the investigation into the Glasgow Airport terror attack in June 2007, told BBC Radio Scotland there would be a huge ongoing operation at the scene.

    He said: "The incident is still live so there's a degree of crowd control going on and there will be a massive scene preservation and examination, including speaking to witnesses.

    "A senior investigating officer will also be appointed and the firearms team that were involved will be subject to a debrief."

  13. A reminder of 'what unites us, not what divides us'

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Responding to the news that the stabbings took place at a hotel that was housing asylum seekers, Nicola Sturgeon had this message to "people across Glasgow and across Scotland".

    "When dreadful things like this happen, they shock all of us to our core but above all they should remind us of what unites us and not what divides us," she said.

    She continued: "The people of Glasgow are wonderful people, and I'm sure tonight there will be a coming together in the city of Glasgow and all of us, reminding of us what unites us as human beings."

    Quote Message: The whole country, the whole world is going through a really tough and traumatic time at the moment and this is an opportunity, a time to think of each other and the care we owe each other. from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland
    Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister of Scotland
  14. Injured police officer 'critical but stable' - FM

    The first minister confirms that the injured police officer remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

    Quote Message: The injury of a police officer, of course, reminds us of the bravery of our police service. They run towards dangers as the rest of us would run away. from Nicola Sturgeon
    Nicola Sturgeon
  15. First minister - 'Currently not being treated as a terrorist incident '

    Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she was "shocked and saddened" by the violent attack in Glasgow city centre.

    The police have confirmed that one person has died after being shot by officers.

    Ms Sturgeon said her thoughts are with the six people injured after being stabbed in the attack, one of them a police officer.

    She said the attack "reminds us of the bravery" of police officers, who in this case ensured that a very serious incident did not become even worse.

    The first minister said it is not currently being treated as a terrorist incident - "but there are still details yet to be determined".

  16. One person confirmed dead - the suspected attacker

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    A well-placed Whitehall source who had previously said that three people had died in Glasgow now says that ONE person is confirmed to have died - the suspected attacker, who was shot by police.

  17. Eyewitness saw badly-wounded man on the hotel steps

    Matthew Nisbet

    Matthew Nisbet, who was working near the scene of the stabbings, said police were there "within two or three minutes of everything kicking off".

    He told the BBC's Connor Gillies he could see a badly-injured man who later died lying on the steps outside the hotel.

    "We could see a person with a deep wound and blood all over the steps. I think I heard two shots but I couldn't be certain. We were cleared from the scene pretty quick by the police. They were absolutely incredible, all of them."

    He estimated that there were 100-150 police on the scene within five minutes - an "incredible response".

    "I would say to them thank you, and I would say to them they are brave and they are heroes," he said.

  18. Council leader: 'This is a tragic day for Glasgow'

    Drivetime with Fiona Stalker

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The leader of Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken, told BBC Radio Scotland's Drivetime programme it was a "tragic thing that has happened in our city".

    "I think all Glaswegians will share that devastation," she said.

    "Our heart goes out to the victims and their families and the brave police officer who was injured. I am incredibly grateful to our police and emergency services who were on the scene.

    "The city is going to have to pull together and support each other to get through this."

    She added: "We don't want Glasgow divided because of this incident. Speculation about motive isn't helpful."

  19. What do we know so far?

    A suspect has been shot dead by police after six people were injured, including an officer, during a major incident in Glasgow.

    • The incident happened at the Park Inn Hotel in West George Street, in the centre of the city at about 12.50.
    • The 91-room hotel was housing asylum seekers for the Mears Group, which moved them there during the coronavirus lockdown.
    • The suspect was shot by armed police and died.
    • Six other people are in hospital for treatment to their injuries including a police officer, who is in a critical but stable condition.
    • The police are not looking for any other suspects
    • The incident has been contained and the wider public are not at risk, police said.