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Man charged over crossbow siege in Kilbirnie

Image caption A man was shot by police following a siege in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire

A man has been charged with attempted murder after police shot a siege suspect armed with a crossbow in the early hours of Saturday.

Jamie Thomson, 24, is also accused of assault, two charges of breach of the peace and one of reckless conduct.

Mr Thomson, of Kilbirnie in North Ayrshire, made no plea or declaration in a private hearing at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.

He was remanded in custody for further inquiries.

A police armed response unit was sent to a house in Bankfaulds Avenue in Kilbirnie on Saturday after locals reported smashed windows and a man wielding a machete.

Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said after the incident: "A 24-year-old man has been shot by police following the alleged discharge of a crossbow at officers."

The suspect was taken to Crosshouse Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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