Window smashed in snowball horror

THUGS left a family terrified after hurling a snowball through the back window of their car.

The incident happened at 6.10pm on Sunday, December 5, as the car was pulling into a petrol station in Waterside Road, Kirkintilloch.

Police say a group of seven youths were seen on the opposite side of the road after the snowball had been thrown at the car's rear window.

The incident is just one of many involving snowballs which has been reported during the last week and police are appealing to youngsters to act responsibly to ensure the safety of others during the winter season.

PC Marion McAllister, from the community policing team, said: "We appreciate that the snow can be a source of great fun and games for a lot of youngsters, however, throwing snowballs at houses and cars can not only be very annoying to the owners but can also be very dangerous. Driving in this weather is hazardous enough without the driver being alarmed by objects hitting the car. We will not hestitate to take action against anyone carrying out this form of anti-social behaviour."

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall forced several schools across East Dunbartonshire to close this week.

Merkland School and Lairdsland Primary, in Kirkintilloch, as well as Torrance and Twechar primaries, were closed on Monday morning, as the Herald went to press.

School telephone lines were also down on Monday.