Knifeman dies after attacking two people in Glasgow street

A man has died after'deliberately cutting his own throat in Glasgow city centre. He was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he later died

Witnesses reported seeing a man with an axe and two knives at the scene and pools of blood on the surface of the road.

"One man started trying to defend himself with an umbrella and it looked like he tried to grab the blade from the knifeman, but he ended up getting his hand slashed".

Police were called to St Vincent Street around 4pm after reports of a disturbance.

The man was taken by ambulance to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he died a short time later. The warden was treated for an arm injury and later discharged.

Detectives have appealed for information about what they said was a "targeted" and pre-planned attack in the centre of Glasgow.

The Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents rank-and-file officers, said armed officers should have been sent to the scene. In a statement, she said: "Had the assailant been intent on harming large numbers of the public, he could have done so with impunity and the police would have been largely powerless to stop him".

"Glasgow is a city with an nearly permanent armed police presence but they were not dispatched and they did not attend". "This lays bare the myth that the service adequately risk-assesses incidents prior to deploying resources and that as a service we are capable of protecting the public from spontaneous incidents of extreme violence".

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: "Police Scotland, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, prides itself in being an unarmed service with access to specialist firearms support whenever required".

The witness described how he watched the attacker's victim run in to a nearby burger restaurant to try to escape, before ending his life.

"Officers attended and the incident was very quickly contained".

The incident has been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).



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