Police Scotland – Message to Communities.

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson 

Firstly, I want to say that our thoughts are with the family and friends of those caught up in the dreadful incident at the Park Inn Hotel, West George Street, Glasgow. 

Police responded to a report of an incident at the Park Inn Hotel, Glasgow at 1250hrs yesterday (26th June 2020). Six people are in hospital for treatment of their injuries including a police officer. A male suspect was shot by armed police and died.  I must stress that the incident is not being treated as terrorist related and our investigation is continuing into the circumstances.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure Scottish communities that Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that this will be of little comfort to those involved and I understand the concern that this incident will have caused.

Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and whilst we understand that people will clearly be appalled and feel vulnerable as a result of this incident, I would urge everyone to continue to work together and ensure no person or group in Scotland feels marginalised or isolated. Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of hate crime, and should anyone experience or witness such an incident, please report it.

It should be stressed that there is no specific information to suggest an increased risk to communities in Scotland, however you may notice increased patrols by officers, intended to increase reassurance and community engagement. We also ask that all relevant groups and organisations provide appropriate reassurance to individuals and communities.

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) have extended their helpline this weekend to provide support and information to people affected by crime and the incident. The helpline number is 0800 160 1985. VSS are also holding a webchat, open today (27th June 2020) between 9am and 1pm.

If you have any relevant information or concerns, I would urge you to contact the Police by calling 101, through Contact Scotland BSL,  in an emergency dial 999 or SMS 999 or contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Hate crime can also be reported using our online hate crime reporting form on the Police Scotland website or via one of our Third Party Reporting Centres.

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