Break-ins and shed torched in Cumbernauld street within hours.

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Kildrum’s Ainslie Road fell prey to a spate of break-ins on Thursday and an act of wilful fire raising took place on the same night.

Police have revealed that a number of elderly residents were among those targeted by a sneak thief - and that officers also dealt with a blaze started maliciously after a garden shed was torched.

Officers have stressed that the consequences could have been fatal if the householder had not acted with speed to extinguish the fire.

For more on this incident, see this week’s edition of the Cumbernauld News.