Kilmarnock hospital in lockdown: Police rush to scene as stabbings reported – ‘Stay away’ | UK | News (Reports)

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Reports on Twitter say there is a huge police presence in the area. Police and a local councillor has urged people to stay away from the area. Ayrshire Police has confirmed officers have been called to “two serious incidents” this evening.

The force said one incident took place at Crosshouse Hospital and a second on Portland Street.

A police cordon has been placed in surrounding areas and the public have been urged to stay away.

In a post on Twitter Ayrshire Police said: “Officers in Kilmarnock are currently dealing with two serious incidents in the town at this time, one at Crosshouse Hospital and a second in Portland Street.

“These areas are cordoned off and the public are asked to avoid them at this time.”

Kevin McGregor Scottish Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley wrote on Twitter: “Worrying reports of stabbings in the Kilmarnock and Crosshouse areas this evening.

“Please everyone take care and stay vigilant. Not entirely sure what the developing situation is but will update if I hear anything.”

One eyewitness close to the hospital told Ayrshire Live: “There are between 10 and 15 police vans sitting on the edge of the Moorfield Estate which is about half-a-mile away from the hospital.

“It looks like an officer is standing guard outside the A&E department at the hospital.

“I’ve lived round here for a while and never seen anything like this.”

Another local said of the town centre scene: “Right now, there is a huge police presence at the first archway of the viaduct.

“There are four or five police cars here and no traffic is being allowed through the archway. A No 11 bus is just sitting at the traffic lights.

“The police cordon goes just past the arches up to the Jewel In The Crown Indian restaurant.”

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