Police are hot on the heels of a group of vandals in Newton Mearns.
Police are hot on the heels of a group of vandals in Newton Mearns.

Police are searching for a group of young neds who have vandalised cars across Newton Mearns — as residents and councillors alike call for robust action.

The group calling themselves FAM XL have been involved in smashing up at least ten cars in the Newton Mearns area, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Police officers

Police officers

The group are being actively sought by Police Scotland to bring their reign of vandalism to an end.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “An investigation is under way after 11 vehicles were reported as being vandalised in the Newton Mearns area of East Renfrewshire.

“Police are in the process of reviewing CCTV images to gain further detail. It’s believed the cars were damaged between the hours of midnight and 2am on, Saturday, February 27.”

Community Inspector Alan Dickson added: “We are aware of a group of youths named Fam XL who were based around the Rouken Glen Park area last year.

“If anyone is aware of any crimes in the community linked to the group we would urge them to contact us by calling 101.”

The group who have their own Twitter page claim; “We officially announce ourselves as a group of young socialites who love to be hated. We 
don’t have friends, we have family”

A local resident who posted on the groups Twitter feed, which also claimed that “all attention is good attention” said: “Do any of you have the balls to take a square go or can you only fight parked cars?”, while another posted: “Is there anything more cringy than FamXL, bunch of wee boys hahaha.”

Councillor Ian McAlpine contacted The Extra to say: “I am very disappointed in what is happening in Newton Mearns with some young people.

“I will be calling for swift action from East Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland to end this wave of violence as soon as possible. This is making residents lives a misery and must stop.

“The culprits should be caught and arrested urgently to prevent any more misery in Newton Mearns.

“I will be keping a close eye on this situation to ensure immediate action is taken by all the relevant departments.”