Buckie street under siege as police arrest five

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Police laid siege to a flat in Moray

A NINE-HOUR SIEGE in a Buckie housing estate only ended when police forced their way into a flat on Wallace Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Police were called to the flat at 5.30am only to find the occupants were refusing to open the door.

Around 10 police officers stood guard outside the property and were later joined by a special unit and dog handlers. It is thought that police were reacting to an alleged assault that had taken place earlier in the day.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue appliance from Buckie was also called to the scene and placed on standby as officers continued their attempts to talks with the occupants of the flat.

A cordon was placed around the area to stop members of the public approaching with the siege finally coming to an end at around 3pm after five people were detained after police smashed their way into the flat.

Following the arrests by officers wearing riot gear a Police Scotland spokesman said: “Officers had been called to a disturbance in Wallace Avenue at 5.30am. We can confirm that five people have been detained and that the incident was resolved by 3pm.”

Earlier the police issued a statement reassuring the public that there was no danger to their safety.