Man charged with petrol bomb attack on East Renfrewshire business

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A 25-year-old man has been charged with throwing a petrol bomb at a business in East Renfrewshire earlier this week.

Pennyby Services, near Cardenden, was reportedly targeted on Monday.

The 26-year-old owner of the business was in a back room when the explosion happened, but no one was hurt.

The man appeared in court on Monday charged with causing criminal damage.

He appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court and has been remanded in custody until 4 October.

The cash register was totally destroyed, however, it could still be rebuilt, according to a spokesperson for ScotPower, which owns the electrical facility.

Image copyright BBC Screengrab Image caption The incident happened shortly after noon on Monday

The spokesperson said they were “working with local authorities and other business operators to review this incident and ensure that it is not repeated”.

The area around the service station was sealed off as police investigated.

Image copyright SIALA Screenshot Image caption A spokesman for ScotPower said they would assess any damage before deciding whether they would rebuild the cash register

A spokesman for ScotPower said they were assessing any damage before deciding whether they would rebuild the cash register.

The petrol bomb attack came less than 24 hours after another arson attack on a retail park in the town.

Emergency services were called just after noon on Monday after a fire broke out in a DIY store in the 1st Avenue, just yards from the ferry terminal.

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