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Mum and daughter killed in ‘stabbing’ double attack named as tributes pour in

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Three people have died following a "series of incidents" in Kilmarnock, including a mum and daughter.

On Friday morning Police Scotland announced the deaths of two women and a man.

Officers had been called to three separate incidents on Thursday, believed to be linked, including the fatal stabbing of a young woman.

Two victims have been named as NHS worker Emma Robertson Coupland and her daughter Nicole Anderson, with tributes from the community flooding in.

Police confirmed a 39-year-old woman was found injured in the carpark of Crosshouse Hospital at about 7:45pm.

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The hospital was locked down by armed officers for over three hours with dozens of emergency services rushing to the scene, but tragically Emma died at the scene.

It's understood she had been attacked at her work moments before takeaway worker Nicole was stabbed two miles away, the Daily Record reports.

"The second incident occurred twenty minutes later on Portland Street, where a 24-year-old woman had been stabbed," police said.

"Emergency services attended and she was taken to Crosshouse Hospital where she later died."

A third incident, a serious road traffic crash on the A76, was reported to police at around 8.30pm. The driver, a 40-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, Police Scotland said: "Enquiries carried out so far have indicated that the incidents were linked and an investigation is under way to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

"Officers are not looking for anyone else as part of their investigation and there is no ongoing threat to the public."

Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain said: "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."

Local diversions remain in place as a number of areas are still cordoned off in the town centre and ear on the road between the B7036 and A76.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is urged to contact police on 101.

Tributes to Emma and Nicole have been flooding in across social media, with one relative writing: "She was the most loving caring person in this world, and never had a smile off her face! You're 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 and your mum, love you forever and a day beautiful."

A friend replied: "Nicole was a great girl and she loved you and the wee man to bits. She will be sorely missed."

One of Emma's colleagues said: "Heartbroken to hear of the tragic news last night and was hoping I would wake this morning and it wouldn't be true.

"One of the most genuine and caring people I've had the pleasure of working and being friends with.

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