The widow of a police officer who was murdered in the line of duty says body armour introduced after her husband's death saved the life of PC David Whyte during the West George Street attack. 

Christine Fulton was left alone with a seven-month-old baby, Luke, when her husband Lewis was stabbed to death at the age of 28 after answering an emergency call.

The stabbing which took place at the Park Inn hotel on Friday brought back painful memories of the 1994 incident in the Gorbals, she told the Daily Record

Lewis was wearing his standard-issue uniform when he was attacked by a knife-wielding Philip McFadden. 

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Body armour was introduced five years after his death and is now built into uniforms. 

Christine revealed she was told the equipment saved the life of constable Whyte who was seriously injured in the attack on Friday afternoon. 

The officer, 42, rushed into the hotel with a colleague after the first reports of a man attacking people. 

Six men, including the hero cop, were rushed to hospital for treatment. The male suspect, Baddredin Abaddla Adam, was shot dead by armed officers. 

Christine told the Daily Record the incident "brought everything back". 

She said: "I was devastated. I really feared the worst. One of Lewis’s colleagues notified me at 2pm and I turned on the television.

“It was my worst nightmare. It brought everything back.

“I understand from what others are saying that it was PC Whyte’s body armour that saved him – the body armour brought in because of Lewis’s death.

“At the time, the force were only trialling body armour. Lewis wasn’t wearing anything, just his normal uniform of a shirt and jumper.

“I believe if he had been wearing body armour it would undoubtedly have helped protect him and saved his life. The equipment that was being trialled at that time only had a front and back. It didn’t have sides but now protection is built in to clothes to protect all vital organs.

“After his death, they started researching better equipment. Today, officers wear body armour as standard."

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Christine added that it was particularly hard to hear PC Whyte's condition described as "critical but stable". 

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“They kept saying, ‘Critical but stable.’ That’s what they said about Lewis. When I heard those words, I could see myself sitting in that police car with Mrs Whyte," she added. 

"I could see me going to hospital with her and sitting in a little side room waiting to hear if he had come out of surgery.

“It was awful. I was in some state on Friday. I hope his recovery is speedy and full.”

Police confirmed on Saturday that the hero officer was in stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. 

The other victims, three asylum seekers who were staying at the hotel and two members of staff, also remain at the hospital. It is known that one of the victims is critical but stable, while the other four have been described as stable.