A POLICE incident which saw part of Dolgellau town centre cordoned off earlier today has ended peacefully.

"Shortly before 11am this morning, North Wales Police responded to reports of a domestic dispute in a flat in Eldon Square," a police spokesperson said.

"Local police officers attended and upon searching the property there remained a concern for the safety of the occupants.

"Police officers contained the area and called on specialist officers to assist and protect the public."

"While witnesses were spoken to, urgent enquiries were conducted by officers to identify and locate the flat’s occupants whilst specialist officers conducted further searches nearby", the spokesperson added. "As a result, police officers located the occupants and were able to confirm that everyone involved was safe and well."

Supt Nick Evans, who coordinated the police response, said: “This morning’s incident in Dolgellau ended peacefully and thankfully no-one was injured.

"The incident was reported to us in good faith by a member of the public who genuinely feared someone had been harmed.

"Local officers, in searching the property, found evidence of firearms and so this compounded our concerns. As it turns out, there was an innocent explanation and everyone was safe.

"I’d like to pass on my thanks to the local community for their patience and understanding during the incident and particularly the member of the public who made the call.

"Police resources were quickly deployed to the scene and our objective of protecting the public, resolving the incident peacefully and returning the area to normality as soon as possible was achieved.”