A POLICE operation set up to monitor the growing tensions against asylum seekers has seen additional officers in Glasgow city centre.

Operation Strathenberg was introduced following the death of an asylum seeker in a hotel in May and the Park Inn Hotel stabbings in June which saw six people injured and the attacker shot dead.

More than 300 asylum seekers were moved into hotel accommodation at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.

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A recent report by Police Scotland revealed multiple agencies representing asylum seekers and refugees have been consulted as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Greater Glasgow Division for Safer Communities appointed a refugee and asylum seeker liaison officer to support the community.

As part of the operation far-right groups were monitored amid concerns of their anti-minorities and anti-refugee rhetoric.

These concerns, combined with protests in support of asylum seekers, prompted a need for additional patrols.

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The report reads: “This led to additional fear and tensions within the community.

“A prompt reassurance message was released to all communities with additional policing patrols put in place as required.”

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Team carried out partnership work with agencies including the Samaritans, SAMH and Childline to ensure the asylum seekers were receiving appropriate mental health help.

Information about the organisations was shared with the refugees who were in the Park Inn Hotel on June 26 when the attack took place.