Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee police hunt 'weapons' gang

Police are linking two incidents where men were seen carrying weapons outside a house in Dundee's Douglas area.

The first incident happened at 18:30 on Wednesday when a car and the window of a home in Balbeggie Street were damaged by three men.

The second incident involved two men carrying weapons outside the same address at about 21:00 the same evening.

Local police said high-visibility patrols were taking place in the area.

'Firearms trained officers'

Det Insp Gary Ogilvie, who is leading the investigation, said: ''Police Scotland officers are continuing with inquiries at a number of addresses today, in addition to carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Balbeggie Street area.

"Uniformed and detective officers are involved in the investigation, and there are a number of specialist officers at the inquiry team's disposal, including firearms trained officers."

The force said they did not believe there was "any wider risk to the public" and emphasised that they were treating the incidents "very seriously".

The force said the three men who targeted the house window and car in Balbeggie Street were all understood to be in their early 20s.

They had emerged from a dark-coloured car - possibly a Vauxhall Vectra - leaving the driver inside, before running to the nearby address and banging on the front door.

Ginger hair

They then vandalised a car that was parked on the street, breaking its windows and threw an object at a window of the house, smashing the glass.

Police said the trio then got back in the car and left, heading in the direction of Balerno Place.

One of the men wore a dark hooded top, with a Nike swoosh on it and with the hood up, and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Another wore a dark hooded top, again with the hood up. The third man also wore a dark hooded top, with the hood up, with ginger hair poking out from underneath.

Two men later arrived at the property and were seen acting suspiciously, before leaving a short time later in a silver people carrier-style vehicle.

Both men wore dark hooded tops with the hoods up and were of slim build.

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