Scottish police lock down Kilmarnock hospital, street after 'serious incidents'

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LONDON (Reuters) - Police in Scotland locked down University Hospital Crosshouse and a main street in the town of Kilmarnock on Thursday as they dealt with what they said were three potentially linked serious incidents.

The first occurred outside the hospital at 7.45pm, Police Scotland said, followed by a second around 20 minutes later on Portland Street, and the third, a serious road crash, on the A76 road around 8.30 pm.

"We can confirm the ongoing incidents in the Kilmarnock area are not being treated as terrorist-related," the police said.

They said enquiries were at an early stage and the areas have been cordoned off. "There is no cause for concern for the wider community," they added.

Scotland's Justice Minister Humza Yousaf advised the public to avoid both Crosshouse Hospital and Portland Street, saying police were attending a very serious incident.

The Scottish Sun reported the hospital was locked down amid reports of stabbing.

(Reporting by Derek Francis in Bengaluru and Paul Sandle in London; Editing by Chris Reese and Sam Holmes)