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Girl abducted by suicidal gunman left traumatised

An11-year-old girl was “traumatised” after being abducted by a suicidal gunman and held hostage for three hours.

The 50-year-old man killed himself after holding the girl captive in Dingwall, Ross-Shire.

Officers managed to negotiate the girl's safe release after several hours of talks.

She is believed to have been known to the gunman but was not related. Police launched a major operation in the Highlands at around 10pm on Tuesday after receiving an emergency call from Beauly, Inverness-Shire, saying a child had been snatched by a man with a firearm.

The man was traced to nearby Dingwall where armed police sealed off the area and opened talks with him. At around 1am, they managed to persuade him to release the child but at 4.20am he took his own life.

A police spokesman said: “Police responded to a 999 call from Beauly at 10pm on Tuesday, which reported a disturbance involving the abduction of a child by a man suspected to be in possession of a firearm, who had threatened self-harm.

“Police traced the man to the area of Ferry Road in Dingwall and cordoned off the vicinity. Following negotiations, the safe release of the child hostage was secured around 1am yesterday. In spite of further negotiations, the 50-year-old man took his own life.”

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