Glasgow & West Scotland

Clarkston and Newton Mearns shops 'ram-raided'

The damaged Scotmid shop in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire.
Image caption The grill at the front entrance of the shop in Clarkston was smashed open

Two shops within a mile of each other in East Renfrewshire have been severely damaged after being ram-raided.

A Scotmid Co-operative and a Londis Store on Mearns Road were both targeted in the early hours of Friday.

A silver Peugeot estate car reversed into the Clarkston Scotmid Co-op at about 05:20, according to the police.

The Scotmid suffered extensive damage after the grill at the front of the store was smashed open, leaving a two-foot gap.

Police said the car had roof rails running the length of the vehicle which would now be badly damaged.

The Londis Store, within a BP petrol station in Newton Mearns less than a mile away, was also targeted.

One resident said: "Whoever was responsible, they must be pretty good at reversing. There's barely space for a car between the bollards at the front door."

Police said it did not appear that anything was stolen and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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