Police have launched an appeal for information after thieves stole whisky worth a reported six-figure sum in an overnight raid on one of the world’s largest whisky brands.

Officers believe a white cab boasting a blue trailer and red container was used in the break in at the Chivas Whisky Brother yard on Abercorn Street, Paisley in the early hours of Thursday morning.

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The trailer, boasting a container thought to be 20ft in length, is marked AD 168 on the rear and was last seen driving on Renfrew Road towards the M8 shortly after 2am.

Detective Inspector David Wagstaff of Greenock CID said: “This was clearly a targeted and co-ordinated theft that has been carried out with the plan to sell the alcohol on illegally.

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“I would ask anyone who was in the area between 1.20am and 2.20am on Thursday and saw the vehicle, or anything suspicious, to contact us. 

"If you were driving in the Paisley area, or on the M8, between these times and may have seen the vehicle or captured this on dashcam we'd urge you to get in touch as soon as possible."