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Armed police shoot out car's tyres and arrest two men

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Police arrested two men over alleged firearms and drugs offences after shooting out the tyres of their car in a North Lanarkshire street.

Officers armed with shotguns used tyre deflation rounds on the car following "an intelligence-led operation".

The incident happened at about 19:25 on Wednesday in Thorndene Avenue, Carfin.

A 32-year-old man is in police custody in connection with alleged firearms offences, while a 38-year-old man has been charged with drugs offences.

Police Scotland said the incident was referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) in line with routine procedure in cases involving firearms.

Pirc said: "It is reported that the rear two tyres of a vehicle were damaged during the incident after the rounds were discharged by specialist firearms officers with shotguns, but no members of the public were injured.

"It also alleged conventional weapons were pointed at the occupants of the vehicle while being detained by police.

"The firearms discharge occurred following a police operation."

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