POLICE are probing racist and abusive phone calls to the leader of Glasgow City Council’s office in the wake of her stance on refugees.

Officers are interviewing clerical staff following a string of calls after council leader Susan Aitken attacked plans by private housing provider Serco to evict asylum seekers from city homes.

After Serco announced plans to change their locks, Councillor Aitken wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid warning it risks a city-wide “humanitarian crisis”.

Serco has since paused the action in response to the outcry.

It comes as Glasgow woman was convicted earlier this year of sending a “death threat” to Ms Aitken.

Amanda McCutcheon, 46, targeted Susan Aitken over a three month period between January and March, this year.

Meanwhile, more than £100,000 in funding has been announced to help asylum seekers in Glasgow who are being threatened with eviction.

The Scottish Government has given £110,000 to the Destitute Asylum Seeker Service.

It will allow three partner charities to double their capacity to support people and provide accommodation, over six months.