Officers injured and man arrested following chainsaw incident in Paisley

Police on the scene at Glasgow Road
A collision also took place -Credit:Andrew Neil

A busy street in Paisley was locked down this afternoon amid reports a man was allegedly brandishing a chainsaw.

Footage shared on social media shows a man brandishing a weapon in the residential area of Glasgow Road.

The incident, which took place around 1pm, is understood to have unfolded following a car crash involving a member of the public and a marked police car.

It sparked a massive police response, with dozens of uniformed and plain clothed officers appearing at the scene within minutes.

In the footage, a number of police officers and members of the public can later be seen apprehending a suspect.

Images also show a marked police car crashed into the wall of a property where the incident took place - between Buchlyvie Road and Allanton Avenue.

Explaining the area has since been cordoned off by police, an eyewitness told the Paisley Daily Express: "There was a lot of shouting from one of the houses.

“All of a sudden the place was swarming with police. There was about six or seven police cars and an ambulance. Cops in plain clothes were even racing to the scene.

“The sirens were deafening.

“You don’t expect this on a bank holiday Monday afternoon, that’s for sure. Honestly, with the sirens and the shouting and the number of police vans it was like something you see on the TV.”

Police on the scene at Glasgow Road
The area was closed off by police -Credit:Andrew Neil

Police Scotland asked Buddies to stay away from the area and urged drivers to take alternative routes due to a “disturbance”.

Police Scotland Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Facebook page posted: “Glasgow Road in Paisley is closed between Buchlyvie Road and Allanton Avenue following a disturbance.

“Officers are at the scene. Please avoid the area. Drivers are urged to use an alternative route.”

Police confirmed a 30-year-old man was arrested and two officers were injured as a result of the incident.

A spokesperson said: “Around 1pm on Monday, May 6, a disturbance involving a weapon occurred following a collision involving a car and a stationary police vehicle on Glasgow Road in Paisley.

“Two officers were injured and were treated by paramedics.

“A 30-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

“There is no wider risk to the public and officers remain at the scene while enquires are ongoing.

“Glasgow Road is closed between Buchlyvie Road and Allanton Avenue. Drivers are asked to avoid the area and use an alternative route."

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