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Bus thief stunt ruins football pitch

Bus damage to pitch Image copyright John Shaw

A community football pitch has been badly damaged by "joyriders" who performed stunts in a stolen bus.

The McGill's single-decker was stolen from a depot at Inchinnan in Renfrewshire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The thieves drove through Renfrew, then damaged Kirklandneuk Playing Fields by performing "doughnut" stunts.

The bus was found abandoned on the pitch on Sunday morning.

'Completely reckless'

Local councillor John Shaw reported the incident to police after discovering the bus while walking his dog.

He said: "I just couldn't believe it. It was completely mindless.

"It was just a completely reckless act.

"There's damage done to the pitch but thankfully there wasn't any physical damage to anyone as they drove there."

Image copyright John Shaw

The pitch is used regularly by local youth teams and is the only grass pitch currently available in Renfrew.

McGill's has said the cost of repairing the damage cannot be covered by its insurance, but the firm has offered to discuss other ways it can help.

Mr Shaw said council officials had also been out to inspect the damage, and he hoped it would be possible to repair it quickly.

Police have urged anyone with information or dash-cam footage to contact them.

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