South Scotland

Man arrested after 14-hour stand-off in Dumfries

Image caption The stand-off at the house was brought to a conclusion on Tuesday morning

A 14-hour stand-off involving police outside a house in the Lochside area of Dumfries has been brought to an end.

Officers surrounded the property on Syme Road on Monday night.

Trained negotiators were sent to the scene. The surrounding area was sealed off as a precaution and ambulance crews were placed on stand-by.

A Police Scotland spokesman confirmed a 55-year-old man had been arrested and taken into "safe custody" on Tuesday morning.

The stand-off started on Monday night when neighbours reported seeing an armed response unit, an ambulance, and plain-clothes police officers.

Negotiators worked at the scene through the night and an arrest was made at about 10:30 on Tuesday.

Supt Bobby Moore said: "Whilst this was a protracted incident which lasted over 14 hours, the immediate area was cordoned off very quickly by officers and the public were at no time in any danger."

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