‘The police officers were roaring’: shock as armed officers swoop on Dundee street

Three people have been charged with weapons offences after armed police swooped on a Dundee street.

Residents on Perth Road heard police demanding an unknown group “put their hands-up” at around 6.30pm on Sunday night.

Several witnesses reported seeing a group of people on their knees as officers searched a silver Nissan pick-up truck outside McDermott’s sandwich shop in Perth Road.

The incident was caught on camera by residents.

One clip showed masked, armed police searching the boot of the vehicle while the men remained on the ground.

One firearms officer can be seen approaching the rear of a vehicle while pointing a large automatic weapon towards the boot.

Witness Lewie Hilton, 19, said: “There were loads of police, dog units and it looked like riot cops.

“I’ve lived here for two years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Police closed off Perth Road near to its junction with Hawkhill until just after 7.15pm.

One resident said: “It must have started at around 6.30pm, we heard the screeching of the tyres.

“The police officers were roaring at the people to get out of the vehicle, then we looked out and there were armed police officers all around the truck.

“There were three men on their knees behind a police car. The armed police started searching the boot. Police told us to close our windows.”

A staff member from the nearby Spar said staff and customers were told to remain inside the store.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that three men aged 46, 43 and 40, who were arrested on Perth Road on Sunday, have been charged with offences relating to offensive weapons.

“They are due to appear at Dundee Sheriff Court tomorrow.”