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Man held over stabbing of Glasgow pensioner

John Baker was murdered in the street, in Glasgow, in the early hours of Wednesday. Credit: Police Scotland/PA Wire

A man has been arrested after a pensioner was stabbed to death in the street in Glasgow, police have confirmed.

The 24-year-old is being held in connection with the death of 76-year-old John Baker, who was killed in the Bridgeton area of Glasgow, on Wednesday.

According to police Mr Baker was attacked in Stevenson Street, near its junction with Abercromby Street, at about 12.30am and was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he died.

A Police Scotland statement said: "A 24-year-old man has been detained in connection with the death of John Baker on Wednesday June 29.

"Inquiries are continuing and a significant uniform presence remains within the Calton and Bridgeton areas."


Tsunami ride was closed on Saturday due to 'electrical fault'

Police outside the M&D's theme park after Sunday's incident. Credit: PA

The rollercoaster that derailed on Sunday, severely injuring three teenagers, was closed the day before due to a "minor electrical fault".

The Director of M&D's theme park, Douglas Taylor, added the Tsunami ride was "fully operational" when the park reopened on Sunday.

We're co-operating fully with the joint HSE and Police Scotland investigation. It would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of the accident until the investigation is complete.

Each and every ride within the theme park is safety-checked on a daily basis and undergoes a thorough independent inspection every 12 months. Tsunami had its annual independent safety inspection in early June 2016.

My brother Matthew and I have been in business together for 50 years and this is the first incident of this type that we've ever been involved in.

We are devastated as both a family and a business, and our heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by the accident.

I would like to pay tribute to everyone who was on the scene, from our own staff to members of the public and, of course, the emergency services for their incredible response.

– Douglas Taylor, Director of M&D's

Theme park rollercoaster crash: update on victims

The Tsunami inverted roller coaster at M&Ds theme park within Strathclyde Park, Motherwell Credit: SWNS

Two boys who were injured when a rollercoaster crashed at a theme park in Scotland remain in a serious condition in hospital, police have said.

There were nine passengers on board the Tsunami ride when it detached from its rails at a bend at M&Ds theme park within Strathclyde Park, Motherwell on Sunday afternoon.

The injured are two 19-year-old adults and seven children - three are aged 11 and the others are aged, 12, 13, 14 and 16. They were taken to three hospitals for treatment.

Police gave an update on their conditions:

  • A 12 year old boy is currently in a serious condition with chest, abdominal and leg injuries
  • An 11 year old boy is in serious condition currently receiving treatment for arm and hand injuries
  • An 11 year old boy is in a stable condition currently receiving treatment for leg and head injuries
  • A 14 year old girl is currently receiving treatment for serious chest injuries
  • A 16 year old boy received treatment for an injury to his arm and has since been released
  • A 13 year old boy is being checked at a children's hospital and is stable
  • An 11 year old boy has been kept in for observation and is stable
  • A 19 year old man is being treated for a knee injury and is stable

Two women have been released from hospital - one was treated for a minor injury to her wrist.

Three children 'seriously hurt' in Tsunami rollercoaster crash

Police officers at M&D's amusement park in North Lanarkshire. Credit: PA Wire

Three children were seriously hurt in a theme park rollercoaster accident, which resulted in 10 people being taken to hospital.

A total of eight children and two adults were taken to hospital after the Tsunami ride derailed and hit the ground at M&D's amusement park at Strathclyde Country Park, North Lanarkshire, on Sunday.

Witnesses said people were trapped upside down when the ride came off the rails at around 3.40pm.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed on Monday that four children are being treated at the Royal Hospital for Children. Three of them are in a serious condition, while one is described as stable.

One adult is in a stable condition at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, a health board spokesman confirmed. NHS Lanarkshire said five patients were taken to Wishaw General Hospital.


Tsunami rollercoaster 'detached as it went round bend'

The wreckage of the rollercoaster. Credit: PA

Gondolas on the Tsunami rollercoaster detached as it went round a bend, police have said.

Chief Inspector David Bruce said five gondolas detached and "struck the superstructure" before falling to the ground.

He told reporters: "They fell less than 20 feet. It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached.

"It's an inverted rollercoaster which means that the riders hang in gondolas below the rails rather than sit above them."

He added that a joint investigation by the police and the Health and Safety Executive had been launched.

Man describes helping free people from rollercoaster

A man has described how he helped free people from the crashed rollercoaster at the M&D's amusement park.

William McLechlan was at the park with his nephews when he heard an "almighty crash" and saw people running and screaming.

He said: "I helped a couple of people off and helped to move carriages and things up to try and get people that were stuck."

Mr McLechlan described the scene as "carnage" and that there were "bits of rollercoaster all over the place", with many people looking badly hurt.

M&D's theme park has faced problems before

Police outside the theme park after Sunday's incident. Credit: PA

Sunday's incident is not the first time the M&D's has had problems with its rides, including the Tsunami rollercoaster which derailed.

In July 2011, nine passengers, including children, were stranded for more than eight hours when it came to a halt 60 feet above the ground.

A spokesman at the time said the ride's lift chain broke causing its safety systems to bring the carriages to a halt.

And in March this year, eight people had to be rescued by firefighters in a cherry picker after the Tornado rollercoaster stopped working around 20ft off the ground.

Video emerges of derailed Tsunami rollercoaster

Footage has emerged allegedly showing the aftermath of the derailed Tsunami rollercoaster ride at the M&D amusement park in Scotland.

The video, uploaded by Ben and Liam, appears to show mangled debris from the ride, with dozens of people surrounding an overturned carriage.

Eyewitness said the ride in Motherwell, near Glasgow, had been full when it derailed.

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