Police probe incidents in Cumbernauld

A SUSPECTED act of of wilful fire raising at a local nursing home is now being investigated by police - after a major tragedy was averted on Friday.

Firefighters rushed to Rannoch Lodge in Condorrat around 4pm after a horrified member of staff discovered a fire in an unoccupied room. An evacuation of the building swung into play as the blaze was extinguished.

Fortunately no-one was injured but the News understands that detectives are now following a positive line of enquiry into the incident. A spokesperson said: “We are still keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.’’

Anyone with more information is asked to contact 503900. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called free and in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses are also being sought for a brazen broad daylight act of vandalism in Balloch.

A Vauxhall Astra parked in Grampian Way was targeted by a thug who scratched its paintwork at some point between 2.3pm and 8.30pm on Friday (June 24).

Abronhill was the focus of a major police incident on Sunday following a mysterious incident in Birch Road.

Police cars and an ambulance rushed to the scene on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning after a man was found with head injuries. Officers have stated at time of going to press that they did not know how these injuries were sustained.

And a Cumbernauld convenience store fell prey to an armed robbery last Wednesday evening.

The News and Chronicle has learned that a lone staff member was working at Braehead Stores in Kildrum when he was subject to a horror ordeal after two black-clad men burst into the premises.

Their faces were concealed - and their next move was to brandish knives at the terrified staff member. The men then plundered the store, escaping with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. Police believe a third man was stationed at the door, acting as a lookout.

Police have issued a description of the three men they are trying to trace. One was five foot four inches and was wearing a black jacket with goggles in its hood and black trousers. Another man who is five foot seven inches tall was wearing a blue and white scarf, a plain black cap and black trousers. The third man who was thought to be five foot and nine inches was wearing a black waterproof jacket, a bright green scarf and dark trousers.

Anyone with further information on any of these incidents is asked to contact 503900. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called free and in confidence on 0800 555 111.