Security guard at Alexander Thomson hotel where two guests died describes trauma of job

The security guard at a Glasgow hotel where two guests died on the same day has spoken out. A 25-year-old man was found dead at the Alexander Thomson Hotel on Argyle Street just minutes before paramedics were called to treat a 44-year-old woman, who later died at the scene. Police are treating the man’s death as “not suspicious” while the woman’s death is currently “unexplained”.

The deaths are not believed to be linked.

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A security guard working at the hotel spoke out on social media after claims were made about a serious drug problem among guests. The security guard described the trauma of dealing with “addicts” and “overdoses” in his daily work, saying the situation at the hotel was the most difficult he had encountered in 10 years in the job. He said: “We can only do so much, trust me.

If I could I would stop every drug from entering the hotel. “I have never experienced anything like this, there so much outwith our control.

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“Come do a few shifts then see how hard it is for yourself.” The hotel named after famous architect Alexander Thomson has three-stars and takes bookings from customers, however, police have previously described it as a effectively a homeless hostel.

Many of the residents are believed to have substance issues and are put up in the hotel after becoming homeless.

In 2005, a woman lay dead for up to seven days in the hotel before the smell from her room finally alerted staff.

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