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Three dead in plunge from Glasgow flats

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Police have cordoned off the area and are carrying out inquiries

Two men and a woman have died after plunging to the ground from a high-rise block of flats in Glasgow.

Strathclyde Police said the incident happened shortly before 0845 GMT at the Red Road flats complex in the Springburn area of the city.

Officers are at the scene and inquiries are ongoing to establish the identities of the men and the woman.

However, police said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

Many of the flats are unoccupied as the housing agency is moving residents out to new accommodation.

There is a large police presence in the area, they are canvassing people who live here to try to get more information
Lorna Gordon
BBC News Scotland Correspondent

The bodies were discovered by the concierge at the tower block.

An area around the flats has been cordoned off by emergency services and there are two forensic tents in place at the scene.

Glasgow Housing Association said the block at 63 Petershill Drive is currently let to the YMCA.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the identities of the three people involved and post-mortem examinations will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death, however, at this time there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances."

Asylum seekers

BBC News Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon said: "Several of the blocks in this area are let out to the YMCA who house asylum seekers and refugees seeking leave to remain.

"These blocks are iconic in the Glasgow skyline, there is a large police presence in the area, they are canvassing people who live here to try to get more information as to the identities of the individuals."

It is understood the block involved holds a mixture of asylum seekers, refugees and other residents, but has partly been cleared in preparation for a demolition programme.

This is a terrible tragedy and the thoughts of myself and the community are with the families of those who died
Paul Martin
Glasgow Springburn MSP

One resident in the block where the incident occurred said those involved had moved into the flats about two months ago, while another local resident said it was believed they fell from the 15th floor.

Glasgow Springburn MSP Paul Martin said: "This is a terrible tragedy and the thoughts of myself and the community are with the families of those who died in this tragic event."

Elizabeth Neilson, 42, who lives in the opposite block, said she saw two concierges and three bodies lying on the ground at about 0830 GMT.

She said: "I phoned the concierge and he said he couldn't say much, but that three people had thrown themselves off the veranda."

All eight tower blocks in the Red Road complex, which are up to 30 storeys high, are due to be demolished in a phased programme which will start in the spring.

They were the tallest tower blocks in Europe at the time they were built in the 1960s.



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