Mar 7 2012 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Cornhill Drive, Coatbridge
TERRIFIED residents in a quiet Coatbridge street awoke to a dramatic dawn raid by armed cops on Tuesday morning.
Teams of police officers swarmed into sleepy Cornhill Drive at around 6am in a co-ordinated operation.
Sources claim that an armed man, who was being hunted by the police, was holed up in the lower cottage flat at number 79.
The street was said to be “full of police cars” and at least 20 officers – some in riot gear – attended.
One resident who saw the drama unfold, said she “had never seen anything like it” in the quiet Gartsherrie street.
Anne-Marie Hannaway (66) added: “It was frightening. This is a quiet place. You hear nothing but there must have been about 15 vehicles and I don’t know how many officers. Some of them had guns.
“There were riot police and a sniffer dog there as well.
“I heard the police shout ‘open the door and you won’t come to any harm’ before they went in.”
Two ambulances attended the scene and sources say four people, some in their bed clothes, needed treatment.
It is not known if the officers were involved in a confrontation with the suspect but the Advertiser has been told there was at least one person injured in connection with the incident.
A man was seen leaving the house with a heavily bandaged foot in the company of police officers.
Another Advertiser source said: “There were dogs, riot cops and police with what looked like machine guns all over the place.
“It was scary stuff.”
Police sources remained tight-lipped when the Advertiser called yesterday.
A CID police spokesman said on Tuesday: “Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”
Contact Coatbridge police on 01236 502000.