POLICE have vowed to crack down on anti-social behaviour and vandalism in an East Renfrewshire village.

Action is to be taken after a number of residents complained about a string of incidents in the Main Street area of Busby.

Plants near Busby train station have been ripped out and offensive graffiti has been daubed on buildings and advertising boards.

There has also been at least one incident of fireraising, with a blaze started at Cartsbridge Evangelical Church, causing damage to a door.

It’s understood one of the incidents involving graffiti was captured by CCTV cameras covering the area.

Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw contacted the police to ask that officers do “all they can” to tackle the concerns raised by local people.

He said officers have pledged to target the area over the next few weeks.

“Acts of anti-social behaviour and vandalism are completely unacceptable,” added Mr Carlaw.

“There is no excuse for causing misery to local communities by engaging in this type of behaviour and the recent reports of adverse incidents in Busby are a cause for concern.

“No-one wants to see vandalism detracting from the area where they live and I have been informed that residents have pro-actively removed the graffiti, only for repeat incidents to occur.

“The Evangelical Church has been subject to fireraising and I understand plants at the train station have been wilfully removed.

“It is welcome that the police have signalled their intent to give more attention to Busby’s Main Street in the next couple of weeks in response to local concern.”

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