Armed police swooped on the small Perthshire village of Dunning last night following a hostage alert.
Two armed response vehicles with police in helmets and flak jackets, at least two of the officers carrying assault rifles, were parked behind the historic St Serf’s Church on Kirk Wynd, while a dog unit vehicle was stationed on the main village square.
Locals reported a total of six police vehicles in the village about 8.45 pm.
Armed police closed off part of the small Perthshire village of Dunning last night after receiving reports that a 16-year-old girl was being held hostage in a house
One man said: ‘I asked the cops with flak jackets, who were carrying assault rifles, what was going on.
‘I said to them, ‘this is too much excitement for a small village’.
‘They just said to me, ‘don’t worry, nothing’s going to happen. But if nothing’s going to happen, why are they out with guns in a small country village?’
By 9.45 pm yesterday locals reported that part of the village’s Perth Road and adjacent Chalmers Street had been sealed off by police, with several people told they could not return to their own homes.
Locals reported a potential hostage situation involving a 16-year-old girl.
Police brought the situation under control by 10.45 pm when the girl was released.
Road blocks were lifted at 11 pm and locals who had been prevented from returning home were allowed to do so. Two ambulances at the scene were stood down.
One mother-of-two said: ‘It was very frightening. There were armed police searching our back gardens.’