Whiston man in eight hour Glasgow siege

The police cordon after they evacuated Amarone Restaurant, Glasgow
The police cordon after they evacuated Amarone Restaurant, Glasgow

A WHISTON man has appeared in court charged with assault and breach of the peace following a tense eight-hour stand-off with armed police at an Italian restaurant in Glasgow city centre.

Edward Johnston, 38, appeared before Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday (February 13) following an incident at the Amarone restaurant last Friday (February 10).

Johnston made no plea or declaration to the assault charge and was remanded to hospital for an assessment order. No date has yet been set for his next court appearance.

A number of roads were closed around the Nelson Mandela Place restaurant on Friday afternoon as specialist police negotiators, armed officers and a Royal Navy bomb disposal unit were dispatched to the scene.

Strathclyde Police were first notified of the incident at 3.45pm and Johnston was finally detained by officers at around 11.45pm.

Police said they evacuated both those inside the restaurant and those occupying surrounding buildings as a “precaution”.

The nearby Buchanan Street subway station was also shut down and travellers were asked to use St Enoch station instead.