A brave police officer who suffered critical injuries in a horrific Glasgow stabbing hails from Irvine, the Times can reveal.

The hero cop was named last night as Constable David Whyte, 42, with the police confirming he is now in a stable condition as he recieves treatment in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The brave police officer, who lives within the Irvine area, was among six injured in the shocking knife attack in West George Street where the assailant was shot dead by armed officers.

Three asylum seekers staying at the Park Inn Hotel suffered injuries, with two hotel staff members also coming under attack during the shocking incident on Friday [June 25].

Constable David Whyte said: “The incident myself and colleagues faced in West George Street was extremely challenging. The scene we were confronted with is something I will never forget.

“As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for to save lives.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who put themselves in harm’s way to contain this incident and assist with the vital treatment given to myself and others at the scene by other emergency services.

“Despite suffering serious injuries myself, I know that the swift actions of colleagues saved lives and prevented a far more serious incident.

“I would like to thank the medical staff at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for their outstanding care in the hours following this incident.

“Finally, I would like to thank the public for all their kind messages of support and for the good wishes from all at Police Scotland. It means a lot and has brought both myself and my family great comfort at this difficult time.”

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone paid tribute to the officers involved and those injured, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praising the police for ensuring things didn't turn out much worse after the knife attack.

Chief Constable Livingstone said: “My thoughts and very best wishes are with those who have been injured and their families, including our colleague Constable David Whyte who was seriously injured in the course of doing his duty.

"I offer my personal support to all those affected.

“Officers have once again run into danger to protect their fellow citizens. Their professionalism as police officers was outstanding.

“I pay tribute to their bravery, selflessness and commitment to protecting the public.

“I briefed the First Minister and the Prime Minister earlier today on the circumstances and advised them both that we are not treating the attack as a terrorist incident.

“It is essential enquiries are now carried out to establish the full circumstances and all speculation must be avoided.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “My thoughts today remain with Constable Whyte – whose bravery we are all deeply grateful for – and the other people who sustained injuries in yesterday’s terrible incident. I wish them all a full and speedy recovery.”