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UPDATE: No firearm found after 7 hour stand-off with armed police at Inverness property with 56-year-old man set to appear in court today charged in connection with the Kenneth Street disturbance

By Alasdair Fraser

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Picture: James Mackenzie
Picture: James Mackenzie

There was no firearm found in the possession a man apprehended by armed police in Inverness last night (Thursday) after a near seven-hour stand-off.

The 56-year-old was led from the property sometime before 7pm following a “disturbance” at a flat on Kenneth Street, near the Telford roundabout.

He was taken to hospital, then arrested and later charged in connection with the incident. He is expected to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

But the Courier has learned from a reliable source that no gun or similar weapon was found at the scene.

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Picture: James Mackenzie
Picture: James Mackenzie

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The incident began just before noon yesterday with part of the Kenneth Street stretch of the A82 road closed and nearby streets cordoned off as concerns grew for the man’s wellbeing.

Specially trained police carrying firearms were among those who encircled the property along with fire and ambulance service crews.

A front window at the property facing onto the Kenneth Street stretch of the A82 was seen to be smashed.

Picture: James Mackenzie
Picture: James Mackenzie

Gas and electricity supplies in the immediate area were also cut off as a precaution during the “concern for person” incident.

Reports in another media outlet spoke of witnesses hearing a gunshot and a police negotiator shouting “drop the gun”.

Picture: James Mackenzie
Picture: James Mackenzie

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11.50am on Thursday, May 9, we were called to a report of a disturbance in the Muirtown Street area of Inverness.

“Emergency services attended and a 56-year-old man was taken to hospital.

“The same man was arrested and charged connection with the incident and is due to appear before Inverness Sheriff Court on Friday, 10 May, 2024.”

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