Armed police rush to hospital following reports of stabbing

Armed police rushed to the scene tonight (February 4th) following an incident outside a hospital in Scotland.

Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, was locked when armed police rushed to the scene at around 7.45pm.

According to the police, the incident is not believed to be related to terrorism.

The Scottish Police said they are investigating three “potentially interrelated” incidents.

A spokesman for the force said: “The first happened around 7.45pm in front of Crosshouse Hospital, the second about 20 minutes later on Portland Street, and the third around 8.30pm, a serious traffic accident on the A76.”

Ambulances were directed away from the hospital with witnesses alleging two people had been attacked. the Daily Record reports.

It is currently unknown whether anyone was arrested in connection with the alleged attack.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have since said the lockdown was lifted after police said it was safe.

An eyewitness told the Daily Record: “The whole place is closed.

“Armed police are there and send everyone out of the area.”

Police Scotland said in a statement: “We can confirm that the ongoing incidents in the Kilmarnock area will not be treated as terrorist.

“The investigation into these incidents is at an early stage and these areas were cordoned off at the time.

“There is no need to worry about the wider community.”

The public was previously asked to avoid the area.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “My thoughts go with those involved in these very serious incidents in Crosshouse / Kilmarnock.

“Please help @AyrshirePolice Follow the advice to stay away from the affected areas. ”

Part of the city center on the viaduct was closed to traffic, where an emergency response also took place.

Crawford McGuffie, medical director of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, confirmed that an incident took place on Thursday night.

He previously said: “NHS Ayrshire & Arran is aware of an incident at the University Hospital Crosshouse site.

“As a result, the hospital was locked and ambulances rerouted to Ayr University Hospital.

“We assist Police Scotland in their investigations and in ensuring the safety of staff, patients and visitors.

“As this is a Police Scotland incident, we are unable to comment at this time.”

In a statement at 10:45 am, the trust tweeted: “After the incident with the police, the Crosshouse University Hospital was closed.

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


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