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Man in court over stolen 'children's ambulance'

Burnt-out ambulance
Image caption The burnt-out ambulance was discovered in Paisley's Ferguslie Park area

A 35-year-old man has appeared in court charged with stealing a fast response ambulance, which police found abandoned and burned out in Paisley.

The Subaru Forester 4x4 was taken from outside an on-call medic's home in Renfrewshire on 18 September.

It was later found on waste ground in Paisley's Ferguslie Park area.

George Halliday, from Johnstone, made no declaration during a short appearance at Paisley Sheriff Court and was returned to custody.

The specialist vehicle was used to allow medics to attend to young people before they were taken by ambulance to intensive care units in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The Subaru Forrester was recently donated by the Yorkhill Children's Foundation.

Mr Halliday is charged with stealing the vehicle, and also with breaking into a house in the same street and stealing two sets of car keys, electrical items, two laptop computers, personal papers, bank cards and a number of NHS documents.

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