EMERGENCY services were rushed to the city centre yesterday afternoon after a man was stabbed along Argyle Street.

An eyewitness told the Glasgow Times he had heard “loads of screaming” as he saw a man lying on the ground covered in blood.

The witness, who preferred not to be named, said: “Literally just happened, was loads of screaming and guy is on the ground with blood all over him.

“Looked like the guy came out of the Premier Inn hotel.”

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He added: “The guy’s shoes and a load of blood still on the pavement.”

Police have confirmed the incident is being treated as a targeted assault and have reassured that there is no threat to the wider public.

The force were also able to confirm that the serious assault is not related to Friday’s attack on West George Street, which left six people stabbed including an officer.

The targeted attack comes as city centre residents have raised “extremely alarming” concerns of anti-social behaviour taking place in the area.

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One Argyle Street resident wrote a letter to local MP Alison Thewliss, describing the violence taking place as “inexcusable”, warning “it is only a matter of time before a very serious incident takes place”.

The letter reads: “Over the past few weeks I have witnessed confrontations, fights, glass bottles being thrown, people urinating on the streets and drug misuse.

“As well as this there have also been numerous instances of vandalism, racial attacks and just this week, as reported in the media, there was an assault in the area.”

The Glasgow Times understands a hotel on the street is currently being used as temporary accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Police Scotland were able to confirm that the victim of yesterday afternoon’s targeted attack was not a resident of any of the nearby hotels.

In images seen by the Glasgow Times, other residents of Argyle Street have described the violent scenes as “atrocious”.

One resident told how he has called 101 “at least 10 times” to report incidents of assaults and racial attacks.

Homeowners in the area are now calling for increased patrols along the street.

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The letter to local MP Alison Thewliss reads: “As a resident of Arygle Street, where a number of families stay, I personally think this behavior is simply inexcusable, especially considering current circumstances meaning the public have to stay at home as much as possible.

“Are these really conditions that the young Glaswegians of today should be being brought up in?

“In my personal opinion the police presence is simply not adequate for the sheer amount of antisocial behavior occurring in the area and I feel it is only a matter of time before a very serious incident takes place.”

Another added: “We all need to keep calling 101 every time they are breaking distancing rules or any other laws, it’s the only way to get an increased police presence and deter them from our end of the street”.

The Glasgow Times has since learned that local MSP Sandra White has been in touch with the justice secretary regarding these issues.

Our source has told us he has not yet had a response from MP Alison Thewliss.

The Glasgow Times has approached MP Alison Thewliss for comment.