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Three years in custody for Samuel Barlow after Shetland firearms incident

Samuel Barlow Image copyright Austin Taylor
Image caption Samuel Barlow sparked the incident in September

A teenager who sparked a major firearms incident in Shetland has been given a three-year custodial sentence.

Lerwick Sheriff Court heard Samuel Barlow, 16, could have been shot by firearms officers as they closed in on him in September.

Specially-trained officers had been flown to Shetland to support local officers. Barlow was armed with an air rifle.

Sheriff Philip Mann said there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

Image caption A major police incident was declared

Barlow was arrested after pointing the air rifle at armed police officers.

The alarm was raised just after noon on 23 September last year when Barlow was seen walking with a rifle in Scalloway.

A major police incident was declared when he turned up in Lerwick later the same afternoon still armed with the weapon.

Officers had issued an appeal for the public to remain indoors around the Fogralea, Nederdale, Murrayston and South Road areas of Lerwick.

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