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Armed police have gathered around a supermarket in southern Glasgow, following reports of a car mounting the pavement before fleeing the scene.

Dozens of officers, described by onlookers as wearing riot gear, have been spotted patrolling outside Aldi in the Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, area of the Scottish city.

Police have gone as far as sealing off the Aldi branch while the incident is investigated but the nature of the supposed crime is yet to be confirmed.

“Police were called to Pollokshaws Road in Glasgow at around 3pm on Tuesday 13 April following reports that a car had mounted the pavement before driving from the scene,” a Police Scotland spokesperson said.

“This car has been traced in Greenlaw Way and officers are carrying out searches in the area for the occupants.

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“Enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing and there is not believed to be any threat to the wider public.”

The car is understood to have mounted the pavement on the busy South Side road before being traced over six miles away, in Greenlaw Way.

There is a second large police presence stationed at nearby Stewarton Road, according to local newspapers, while additional armed officers were spotted outside a Miller & Carter Steakhouse next to the Aldi store.

A police helicopter was also spotted overhead the scene.

Local MSP, and former leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Jackson Carlaw tweeted to say he was “aware of [an] ongoing police incident at Greenlaw shops in Newton Mearns” and warned people to steer clear of the area.

“Obviously there will be huge local concern but please at this time stay well away,” he said.

Local residents also took to social media to express their confusion of the events as they played out. “Not every day you see this in Newton Mearns,” one man said on Twitter, alongside an image circulating of police outside the supermarket.

“Armed police in Newton Mearns? That must be a first. Hope none of the officers have to open fire,” another wrote.

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