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Officer stabbed in Glasgow hotel attack named

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Constable David Whyte has been named as the police officer seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a Glasgow hotel.

The 42-year-old is being treated in hospital and his condition has been described as “critical but stable”.

He was one of six people injured in the attack at the hotel, which is currently housing asylum seekers. The suspect was shot dead by police.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he offered his “personal support to all those affected” by the incident.

In a statement published on Police Scotland’s Twitter account, Mr Livingstone also paid tribute to the officers who dealt with the “terrible incident” which “shocked the whole country”.

“Officers have once again run into danger to protect their fellow citizens,” he added.

“Their professionalism as police officers was outstanding. I pay tribute to their bravery, selflessness and commitment to protect the public.”

With coronavirus lockdown restrictions still in place, he went on to urge people not to gather in crowds in the city this weekend.

“In the context of the current health emergency, and to respect those injured today and the people of Glasgow, I ask everyone to exercise personal responsibility,” he said.

“Please do not gather in crowds this weekend”.

His plea was supported by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who earlier described it as “the toughest of days for Glasgow”.

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She added: “My thoughts are with everyone involved. 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.”

A police spokesman said the incident was not being treated as terrorism and an investigation into the circumstances was continuing.

The other injured men in hospital are aged 17, 18, 20, 38 and 53.

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