A mother and daughter have both died after separate stabbings in Kilmarnock last night, one of which saw a hospital put on lockdown.
Emma Robertson Coupland, 39, was found injured in a car park at 7.45pm after a knife attack at Crosshouse Hospital and died at the scene.
Just 20 minutes later, her daughter Nicole Anderson, 24, was found stabbed on a street two miles away in the East Ayrshire town and later died in hospital.
In another fatal incident in the area last night at around 8.30pm, a 40-year-old man was killed in a road crash on the C50, between the B7036 and the A76. Police Scotland believe all three incidents to be linked.
However the force are not treating them as terror related and have assured there is no ongoing threat to the public.
Devastated family members shared emotional tributes to Emma and Nicola on social media.
Emma’s sister wrote: ‘I am totally broken, my God man this cni be happening we argued like f*****g all the time but ur ma only sister ma first niece please tell me am dreaming no way man [sic].’
Nicole’s fiancée said she’s been left ‘completely broken’, writing: ‘My beautiful wee angel I will love you forever.
‘Hoping I could wake up and this all be a dream can’t take it in I’m completely broken.’
Her cousin wrote: ‘Honestly can’t even put into words how I’m feeling, absolutely devastated to say the least got the worst news of my life yesterday I just can’t take it in, I’ve lost wee cousin my childhood best friend my wee sister & my saviour all in one [sic]!!
‘She was the most loving caring person in this world, and never had a smile off her face!
Emma’s daughter and Nicole’s sister said ‘life will never be the same’ without the pair.
She wrote: ‘Your gonna be one missed girl Nicole best lassie to walk this planet without a doubt, my wee go too is gone I’ll make sure your memory is never forgotten and look after your little sisters for you & your mum, love you forever and a day beautiful [sic].’
Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain said: ‘A number of locations remain cordoned off as officers continue to conduct enquiries.
‘We are working to confirm the full circumstances of what has happened. If anyone has any information which could assist our enquiries, please do contact us.
‘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.
‘Officers will be on patrol and anyone with any concerns can approach these officers.’
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