Man arrested after six-hour standoff with police in Arbroath

A man was arrested in Arbroath on Sunday following a six-hour standoff with armed police at a flat in the town.
The area around the Keptie Street flat was cordoned off for six hours while negotiators tried to convince the man to leave the building. (Wallace Ferrier)The area around the Keptie Street flat was cordoned off for six hours while negotiators tried to convince the man to leave the building. (Wallace Ferrier)
The area around the Keptie Street flat was cordoned off for six hours while negotiators tried to convince the man to leave the building. (Wallace Ferrier)

Dozens of emergency responders, including ambulance and fire personnel, rushed to Keptie Street on Sunday afternoon following reports of concern for a man within the property.

Around a dozen police cars were dispatched as part of the response, which also included armed officers. The street was cordoned off and neighbours kept indoors for almost six hours while negotiators attempted to convince the man to leave the flat.

The 28-year-old eventually emerged at around 6.30pm where he was arrested in connection with the incident. Inspector Grant McGaughay said there was no threat to the wider public and a report will now be sent to the procurator fiscal.

He added: “Around 12.40pm on Sunday, November 20, police were called to a report of concern for a man within a flat in Keptie Street, Arbroath. Officers and negotiators attended. Around 6.30pm, the 28-year-old came out of the flat and he has been arrested in connection with this incident. There was no threat to the wider public. No one was injured. A report will be forwarded to the procurator fiscal.”