Residents were forced to evacuate their homes following the discovery of a "suspect item" after a van fire.

Police and fire crews were called to reports of a van on fire on Benvue Road in Lennoxtown around 11.20pm on Saturday.

The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported.

Bomb disposal teams were then called in after a suspect item was discovered at the vehicle.

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Nearby properties were evacuated as a precaution, police said. 

Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11.20pm on Saturday, 8 June, 2024, police received a report of a van on fire at Benvue Road, Lennoxtown.

“The fire was extinguished and no-one was injured.

“A suspect item was found at the vehicle and this has been made safe by Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

“A number of properties were evacuated as a precaution.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and a police presence will remain in the area while this work is ongoing.”