RUMOURS of a double murder, shot cows and firearms units all the way from Carlisle were abound in Wigtownshire on Friday following an incident on a farm near Sorbie.
However, the truth turned out to be slightly less colourful, though still serious, as it emerged no one - and no animals - had been injured.
But 57-year old Barry Sutton was arrested on firearms charges having made threats to a nearby family and he appeared in private at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.
Police were called to the farm near Barledziew Kennels, Sorbie.
A police spokesman said: “After initial enquiries an armed police response, including trained negotiators, were sent into the area to ensure the safety of the public and after a short while a man was arrested.”
Chief Inspector Irvine Watson, Operational Commander for the Galloway Division said: “At no time were any members of the general public at risk during this incident and the matter was dealt with swiftly.”