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PICTURES: Armed officers lay siege to house in Wick – ‘Three victims taken to hospital’


By David G Scott

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A huge police presence descended on Glamis Road in Wick today as armed officers laid siege to a house that had three people inside.

A 42-year-old man was removed from the property after a stand-off with local officers and an armed response team from Inverness.

Many in the neighbourhood witnessed the scene as it played out at a house in Glamis Road in Wick. Picture: DGS
Many in the neighbourhood witnessed the scene as it played out at a house in Glamis Road in Wick. Picture: DGS

The man was arrested in connection with this incident in which two people were assaulted and an earlier one at Leishman Avenue in Wick.

Speaking just after 2pm today (May 19) when the siege had ended, a local officer at the scene said: “There are three victims taken to hospital and receiving treatment.

Many police vehicles were seen descending on Glamis Road. Picture: DGS
Many police vehicles were seen descending on Glamis Road. Picture: DGS
Fire crew members were at the scene. Picture: DGS
Fire crew members were at the scene. Picture: DGS

“An armed response vehicle came from Inverness and resolved it. Local divisional officers attended and contained the scene until the firearms officers arrived.”

Many local people witnessed the incident, shooting videos and taking photographs on their smartphones as the scene played out in the early afternoon.

Police exit the house after an arrest was made and people were taken to the hospital. Picture: DGS
Police exit the house after an arrest was made and people were taken to the hospital. Picture: DGS
Officers speak to a man outside the property on Glamis Road in Wick. Picture: James Farquhar
Officers speak to a man outside the property on Glamis Road in Wick. Picture: James Farquhar

Footage shared online shows a man appearing to exit the property before quickly retreating. Specialist officers wearing tactical gear quickly apprehended the individual and dragged him from the property and onto the ground where he was subdued and handcuffed.

A window was smashed at the property on Glamis Road and police were witnessed interviewing people outside a nearby shop and conducting door-to-door inquiries.

Frame grab from a video shared online showing a man appearing to negotiate with armed officers before he is bundled to the ground and handcuffed.
Frame grab from a video shared online showing a man appearing to negotiate with armed officers before he is bundled to the ground and handcuffed.
Police talked to witnesses in the area. Picture: DGS
Police talked to witnesses in the area. Picture: DGS

There was also a police presence at Caithness General Hospital in Wick where the three injured people were taken.

Police Scotland shared a social media post about the incident which states: “Around 10am on Sunday, 19 May, 2024, we received a report a man had been assaulted and robbed in Leishman Avenue, Wick. Emergency services attended, and the 31-year-old man was taken to Caithness General Hospital.

A fire appliance outside the property on Sunday afternoon. Picture: DGS
A fire appliance outside the property on Sunday afternoon. Picture: DGS

“As officers were responding to that incident, we received a report of a further two people being injured within a property in Glamis Road. A 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman from within the property were taken to the same hospital.

“Officers remained in attendance, including armed officers, and a 42-year-old man was arrested in connection with both incidents. He has also been taken to hospital, where he remains.”

A police vehicle outside Caithness General Hospital where three people were taken for treatment. Picture: DGS
A police vehicle outside Caithness General Hospital where three people were taken for treatment. Picture: DGS

The post ended with: “We understand incidents like this cause concern in the local community, but we would like to reassure everyone this was contained with no wider threat to the public.”

Officers at the scene after the 'siege' ended. Picture: DGS
Officers at the scene after the 'siege' ended. Picture: DGS



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