Kilmarnock: Mother and daughter among three killed in 'linked' incidents

5 February 2021, 11:14 | Updated: 5 February 2021, 15:56

Police at the scene of the incidents in Kilmarnock
Police at the scene of the incidents in Kilmarnock. Picture: LBC

By Patrick Grafton-Green

A mother and daughter are among three people who were killed in a series of linked incidents in Kilmarnock on Thursday night.

Emma Robertson Coupland, 39, was found injured in the car park of Crosshouse Hospital at about 7.45pm and died at the scene.

Twenty minutes later Nicole Anderson, 24, was stabbed in Portland Street. She was rushed to Crosshouse Hospital but later died.

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A crash then happened on the C50, a minor road between the B7036 and the A76, at about 8.30pm. The 40-year-old male driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the three incidents were linked.

Police in Portland Street after two women and a man died in linked incidents
Police in Portland Street after two women and a man died in linked incidents. Picture: PA

Officers are not looking for anyone else as part of their investigation and the relatives of those involved have been informed.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Dreadful news. My thoughts are with the bereaved. Thinking too of everyone at Crosshouse Hospital, already dealing with the tough circumstances of Covid. I’m also grateful to our emergency services."

Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain said: "Understandably, people will be shocked by what has happened. 

"We are still in the process of establishing the full circumstances, however, I would like to reassure people that there is no wider threat to the community."

Police in Green Street, Kilmarnock
Police in Green Street, Kilmarnock. Picture: PA

Scotland's Justice Minister Humza Yousaf added: "Horrific incident. Heartbreaking for the families, friends and colleagues of all of those involved - my thoughts with them all."

A statement on Thursday night from police said the incidents are not being treated as terrorist-related.

The hospital was locked down following the first incident, but that was lifted at 10.30pm when police declared it safe to do so.

On Friday morning, the hospital's A&E department and main entrance were open and running as normal while two police vans full of officers remained outside with police tape around part of the car park.

A police cordon at West George Street
A police cordon at West George Street. Picture: PA

Several roads in the area remain closed, including Portland Street, with diversions in place.

East Ayrshire Council said in a statement: “We know our communities will be shocked and saddened by these events, but we wish to reassure you that there is no risk to the general public and we are supporting our colleagues in NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Police Scotland wherever we can.

"As this is an ongoing police matter, we need to keep a number of roads in Kilmarnock town centre closed and diversions are in place here, and on the A76, to allow the investigation to continue and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.”

If anyone has any information which could assist this investigation, contact police on 101.