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Firearms officers are currently surrounding a house in Blantyre after reports of a man in possession of a weapon.

Negotiators and uniformed officers are also at the scene on Morris Crescent, where a man has barricaded himself in a house with a crossbow.

Early reports have suggested that the suspect may have taken a woman hostage.

A cordon has been put in place around the property as teams attempt to disarm the man.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "Officers currently dealing with an incident in Morris Crescent where a man is within a house in possession of a crossbow.

"Firearms officers, negotiators and uniformed officers are at the scene and a cordon has been put in place as a precaution."

Earlier in the year, a bomb squad was called to another property in the area.

Police sealed off streets at a residential property after an 'old weapon' was found at an address in Kirkton Avenue in June.

Dramatic scenes unfolded as a police and a team of Royal Navy bomb disposal experts arrived outside the property.

It is understood an old weapon and ammunition was discovered at the property.

A remote controlled device used to deal with explosives could be seen in the street outside.