Highlands & Islands

Police continue Hilton 'shots' investigation

Armed police at the scene
Image caption A senior officer said the deployment of armed officers had been appropriate

Police are continuing investigations at the scene of an incident in Inverness that involved armed officers.

A man has been detained following reports that shots were fired in the Hilton area on Thursday afternoon.

Residents in Mackay Road and Leyton Drive, close to the incident, were warned to stay indoors for their own safety.

Cauldeen Primary pupils who live around Mackay Road were told to stay in the school but were later allowed home.

Police Scotland said officers and specialist staff were expected to complete most of their work at the scene in Mackay Road on Friday.

A spokeswoman said the man who had been detained remained in police custody. She said no-one else was being sought in connection with the incident.

Ch Insp Graeme Murdoch thanked local residents for their help.

He said: "The incident in Hilton yesterday was fast-moving with information coming to us from a number of different sources.

"The police response was immediate and appropriate in terms of ensuring the safety of individuals and the wider Hilton community.

"We are confident that was achieved yesterday afternoon and that there is no ongoing threat to the safety of people in Hilton as a result of this incident."

The senior officer said it was understandable that residents may have felt anxious about the deployment of armed officers in a built up area.

He added: "The deployment of armed police officers is not a decision we ever make lightly but they are a vital response in some incidents to minimise risks to the public.

"Communities in Inverness and the wider Highlands and Islands should be reassured that we have these highly-trained assets at our disposal."

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