Boy, 16, arrested for murder of 14-year-old boy stabbed in 'shocking act of violence' in Glasgow

Boy, 16, arrested for murder of 14-year-old boy stabbed in 'shocking act of violence' in Glasgow

Boy, 16, is arrested over murder of 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in ‘shocking act of violence’ at Glasgow railway station

  • Police arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of Justin McLaughlin’s murder
  • Justin, 14, died after he was stabbed at High Street station, Glasgow, on Saturday
  • Police called the murder a ‘shocking act of violence’ and appealed for witnesses


Justin McLaughlin, 14, was stabbed at High Street station in Glasgow on Saturday at around 3.45pm

A 16-year-old boy was arrested today for the murder of Justin McLaughlin, 14, in Glasgow. 

Justin was found seriously injured at High Street station in Glasgow at around 3.45pm on Saturday following what police described as a ‘shocking act of violence’.

He was taken to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Police described the 14-year-old’s death as a ‘shocking loss of life’.

The station in the city centre remained closed overnight as officers investigated the scene, with trains being diverted.

Investigations are ongoing following the arrest today and police appealed for any witnesses who can help with their investigation.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: ‘Our thoughts very much remain with Justin’s family and friends.

‘His family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this very difficult time, and they are being supported by specialist officers. 

He later died in what police described as a 'shocking act of violence'. A 16-year-old boy was arrested today for Justin's murder in Glasgow.

He later died in what police described as a ‘shocking act of violence’. A 16-year-old boy was arrested today for Justin’s murder in Glasgow.

Mourners have paid their respects and left flowers at the station where the young boy was fatally stabbed

Mourners have paid their respects and left flowers at the station where the young boy was fatally stabbed

Justin was a schoolboy at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, about 8.5 miles east of Glasgow city centre

Justin was a schoolboy at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, about 8.5 miles east of Glasgow city centre

‘Although inquiries are at an early stage, what we do know is that an incident took place at High Street train station and we are sure that there will be people who may have witnessed something in the lead up to this.

‘The area would have been busy with members of the public and commuters and we are urging those who have any information, no matter how small, to get in contact with police.’

Detective Inspector Marc Francey from the British Transport Police added: ‘This was a shocking act of violence in broad daylight, which has seen a boy tragically lose his life. 

One mourner who left flowers at the station said Justin had 'the biggest smile' and was taken 'far too soon'

One mourner who left flowers at the station said Justin had ‘the biggest smile’ and was taken ‘far too soon’

Justin's headmaster at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, James McParland, said: 'The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin'

Justin’s headmaster at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, James McParland, said: ‘The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin’

‘We are working closely with Police Scotland and doing all we can to find those responsible, and I would urge any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, to contact us as soon as possible.

‘We will also be increasing our uniformed patrols in the local area in the coming days to help reassure the travelling public.’

Justin’s headmaster at St Ambrose High School in Coatbridge, James McParland, said: ‘The community of St Ambrose High School is shocked and saddened by the death of Justin McLaughlin. 

The tragic aftermath of the incident is believed to have been witnessed by a number of passengers on trains passing through the station, which connects Queen Street with stations in Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and Glasgow's East End

The tragic aftermath of the incident is believed to have been witnessed by a number of passengers on trains passing through the station, which connects Queen Street with stations in Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and Glasgow’s East End

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland's major investigation team, said: 'Our thoughts very much remain with Justin's family and friends.'

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Brian Geddes, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: ‘Our thoughts very much remain with Justin’s family and friends.’

Emergency services were called to Glasgow's High Street station after Justin was found injured

Emergency services were called to Glasgow’s High Street station after Justin was found injured

‘Justin was a valued member of our community and his loss will be felt by staff and pupils alike.

‘Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends, and additional pastoral support will be available to young people within the school on their return on Monday morning.’ 

The tragic aftermath of the incident is believed to have been witnessed by a number of passengers on trains passing through the station, which connects Queen Street with stations in Edinburgh, Lanarkshire and Glasgow’s East End. 

He was taken by ambulance to the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead

He was taken by ambulance to the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead

One wrote on Twitter: ‘There was a boy laying on the platform. There was a lot of blood on his trousers.’

Another witness joined the conversation to say: ‘From the train, it looked like a body covered in a sheet on the platform.

‘Assume non-accidental, given the 15-plus police on the platform, standing around.’

One passenger suggested the danger may have ‘passed’ because things ‘looked calm’. 

One wrote on Twitter: 'There was a boy laying on the platform. There was a lot of blood on his trousers.' Another witness joined the conversation to say: 'From the train, it looked like a body covered in a sheet on the platform

One wrote on Twitter: ‘There was a boy laying on the platform. There was a lot of blood on his trousers.’ Another witness joined the conversation to say: ‘From the train, it looked like a body covered in a sheet on the platform 

The person said they were writing that in the hope of reassuring those nearby.  

An online Major Incident Public Portal has been set up where witnesses or anyone with information can inform the police. 

Alternatively, witnesses can call Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 2280 of October 16, or British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 394 of the same date.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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