A WOMAN suffered a terrifying ordeal yesterday as a gang of thugs forced their way into her East Renfrewshire home during a daylight raid.

Detectives are appealing for help to trace four men who carried out the raid at around 2pm.

The victim was at home in Priorwood Road, Newton Mearns, when she opened her rear door to someone she thought was a delivery driver.

In the moments that followed, the gang forced their way into the house, knocking the woman over in the process.

After searching the house, the four men fled empty-handed and were last seen heading along West Acres Road.

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Detective Constable Kieron Frost, of Giffnock CID, said: "The exact motive for this incident at this time is unclear. Nothing was stolen in the raid, although rooms were searched by the men.

"The only description we have at this time is that the men were of Eastern European origin and spoke little or no English. One was wearing a high-vis yellow jacket and all were wearing hats.

"The occupants of the house, whilst uninjured, were left shocked as a result of this event.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have been in the Priorwood Road or West Acres Road area of Newton Mearns yesterday afternoon to call us if they saw or heard anything which might help in this investigation. In particular, I am keen to hear about any vehicle that these four men may have been travelling in.

"Callers can contact us at Giffnock on the 101 number and should quote the reference number 1839 of January 13, 2020."