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Couple traumatised by armed raiders at home in Balloch

A West Dunbartonshire couple have been left traumatised after being confronted by two armed men in their Balloch home.

When a 56-year-old woman answered the door of her home in Buchanan Avenue at about 23:00 on Tuesday she saw a man who appeared to have a firearm.

The man and his accomplice forced their way inside before struggling with the woman's 63-year-old husband. The couple were knocked over but uninjured.

The suspects then fled empty handed and made off in a white car.

Police said there was presently no description available of the suspects other than they were white males.

'Traumatic experience'

Det Ch Insp Calum Young, of Police Scotland, said: "This was obviously a very traumatic experience for this couple.

"At this time we have yet to establish a motive but believe that, for whatever reason, the couple were the intended targets.

"Door-to-door inquiries are continuing in the area and everything is being done to trace those responsible."

Det Ch Insp Young said a burned out white Mercedes car was found near Woodend Lodge, Gartocharn, on Wednesday.

"This car had been stolen from Stepps on 19 July 2014," he said.

"Inquiries are ongoing to clarify whether this could have been the white car used in the attempted robbery.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Buchanan Avenue on the evening of Tuesday 30th September and saw a white car they didn't recognise in the area or any suspicious behaviour to get in touch.

"I would also ask anyone who saw the Mercedes in Gartocharn on Wednesday 1 October or any activity at or near Woodend Lodge to come forward."

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