Firearms stolen in raid

SHOTGUNS and rifles have been stolen from a gun shop in Eaglesham.

Masked men broke into the Dalgleish Gunsmith store in Montgomery Street at 1.35am on Tuesday.

They stole a number of guns worth thousands of pounds.

Detective Sergeant Gary Miller, of Pollok police, said: “We believe there were three men involved in the robbery and that they made off towards East Kilbride in a small silver hatchback car with a spoiler on the rear.

“Although this area would have been quiet at this time, taxis may have been in area — dropping people off, for example.

“We are currently checking CCTV and carrying out door to door enquiries.

“However, I would like to hear from anyone who saw the car in the area either before or after the break-in or who has any information about the incident or the whereabouts of the guns”.

There is no description available of the suspects.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 532 5600.

Meanwhile, the Lord Advocate has announced first-time offenders caught in possession of a knife are to face longer prison sentences.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC also revealed the plans will include some people being tried by a sheriff and jury.

It will increase the maximum prison term for those convicted to four years.

Knife offences being dealt with under the new process include possessing a knife on licensed premises.

Other targeted offences include carrying a knife in a violence “hot spot”, on public transport, or at a bus or train station.

Mr Mulholland said: “Carrying a knife in public is completely unacceptable and a serious offence. Those in our society who choose to ignore this will face the full rigour of the law”.

The move was supported by chief inspector Graham Goulden of the police violence reduction unit.

He said: “The Lord Advocate’s announcement sends out a clear warning to those carrying knives that their behaviour will not be tolerated”.