A homeless man was threatened at a busy Dundee retail park on Wednesday night to the alarm of shoppers.
Police were called to Gallagher Retail Park at around 6.20pm following reports of an altercation between the man, who had been begging outside the Next store, and a group of about six others who were seen standing around him.
Three police vehicles and six officers converged on the scene with cops seen speaking to witnesses and the alleged victim who is thought to have known the gang.
CCTV footage has also been requested from adjacent stores while officers carry out their inquiries.
Witnesses reported that the men were seen outside the entrance to the Next store shouting in a dispute about money.
Police have declined to comment on the claims. However, the Tele understands that threats of violence were made against the vulnerable man.
The group fled shortly after a passer-by intervened to say that the police had been called.
One shopper, who declined to be named, said the argument escalated quickly. She said: “I had gone into M&S and as I went in, I saw these men, about six or seven guys, standing around the homeless man and speaking to him.
“I couldn’t hear what they were saying, but when I came back out the shop they were shouting in each others’ faces.
“I slowed down to see what was happening, but one of the men looked up at me, so I kept walking.”
A force spokesman said: “Police Scotland attended a reported disturbance in Gallagher Retail Park, Dundee, around 6.30pm on Wednesday February 20.
“All involved had left prior to police arrival and inquiries into the incident are ongoing.
“If anyone witnessed this incident or has relevant information that could assist our inquiries, please call 101 or speak to any officer. Our reference is CR/4592/19.”