Man armed with a crossbow holds woman hostage

A man with a crossbow sparked a major incident today as armed police rushed to a house with a woman also inside.

Police officers scrambled to the scene in Lanarkshire at about 11am. It is understood a woman is inside the house, but it is not thought she is being held against her will.

Officers have also set up a major cordon around the area on Morris Crescent in Blantyre. Firearms officers and negotiators are also in attendance.

Two nearby schools and a nursery have also been placed on lockdown with children kept inside while police deal with the incident.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘Officers are currently dealing with an incident in Morris Crescent, Blantyre, where man is within a house in possession of a crossbow.

‘It is understood a woman is inside. Firearms officers, negotiators and uniformed police are at the scene dealing with the incident and a cordon is place.’

Two nearby primary schools are also on lockdown.

South Lanarkshire Council’s executive director of education Tony McDaid said: ‘Due to a police incident in the area pupils at Auchinraith Primary School, Calderside Academy and Calderside Nursery are being kept within the premises as a precautionary measure.

‘Police have confirmed the incident is contained within a house, the schools are not involved. We will continue to liaise with the police.’