Man arrested on Isle of Skye over three linked assaults after woman found injured

Horror on the Isle of Skye as police rush to three linked major incidents on the island and nearby mainland village after woman is found injured – as they arrest 39-year-old man

  • The attacks began just after 9am after reports of an injured woman at a property
  • Then there were further attacks in Sleat followed by a further one in Dornie
  • Police Scotland say the incidents are linked and a 39-year-old man arrested

A man has been arrested over three linked assaults in the Scottish Highlands – including one feared to have involved a firearm.

The 39-year-old is believed to be tied to the incidents which took place on the Isle of Skye and Dornie this morning but has now been taken into custody.

Police and ambulance services rushed to the scene after reports were made of an injured woman at a property in the Tarksavaig area of the Scots island at 9am.

Sources say that the suspect used firearms whilst an emergency services helicopter also reportedly attended the scene.

There is also an ongoing police presence in Teangue on Skye, despite police assuring there is no further risk to the community.

A police presence in Teangue on Skye, despite saying there is no further risk to the community

Locals have since reported that the suspect is believed to have used a knife and firearm in a series of attacks, however this hasn’t yet been confirmed by police.

One resident said: ‘Stabbing in Sleat, then shotgun was used in Dornie. The victim is on the way to hospital.

‘This is from a Dornie resident. Don’t know if the perpetrator is caught yet.’

Another member wrote: ‘The perpetrator has been caught. I believe three people have been stabbed, two shot and killed so far I heard.’

Following the man’s arrest, police have described the situation as ‘contained’.

Speaking today a police Scotland spokesperson said: ‘We were made aware of a woman injured at a property in the Tarskavaig area on Skye shortly before 9am on Wednesday, August 10.

‘Police are also attending two further incidents in Teangue on Skye and Dornie which are being linked.

‘A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents. At this stage we believe the situation is contained and there is no risk to the wider community.

‘Enquiries are ongoing.’

SNP MP for Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford, said: ‘Very concerning news and my thoughts are with all those affected.

‘As more details come to light, the response of the emergency services seems to have stopped this incident spreading even further than it did.

‘Thank you for the work that you do. The victims of these crimes will, I’m sure, remain in all our immediate thoughts.’

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