Garage raided by cops investigating the sale of stolen car parts
Feb 7 2013 by Gavin McInally, Paisley Daily Express
A Paisley garage has been raided by cops investigating the sale of stolen car parts.
A team of officers swooped on Direct Engines, in the West End of town, and shut the business while a search took place.
A 38-year-old man was later charged in connection with the raid.
And the Paisley Daily Express can reveal the swoop on Direct Engines was backed up by a larger police operation which also saw cops paying visits to other garages and car wash businesses in Renfrewshire.
A number of illegal workers were found at businesses in Renfrew and Johnstone.
Yesterday, top cops said the raids were part of an ongoing crime crackdown dubbed Operation Myriad, which involves extra officers being drafted into the Paisley area.
Inspector Kenny Morrison, who is based at Paisley Police Office, said: “This is yet another example of how Operation Myriad is helping to tackle crime in local communities - this time by targeting business in Renfrewshire.
“Acting on information supplied to us by communities and in partnership with trading standards officers, the Department for Work and Pensions and Renfrewshire Council, we were able to pull our resources together to successfully stop the sale of stolen car parts.
“During one search, at least one stolen engine was identified, with others currently being processed.
“At other searches in Renfrew and Johnstone, a number of staff were found to be working illegally.
“As well as identifying stolen goods and undeclared members of staff, officers also discovered that car parts were being sold without a proper licence, which is also against the law.
“By staging this focused operation, we are getting the message through to business owners who flaunt the law that we will catch them and they will be arrested.”
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:whistle: Cops probe garage attack
Feb 13 2013 by Ron Moore, Paisley Daily Express
Cops are hunting a vicious yob who left a man in hospital yesterday following an early morning attack in Paisley’s West End.
The brutal assault took place at the Direct Engines garage, in Well Street, shortly before 10am.
Police were called to the scene and quickly blocked off the premises while an investigation got under way.
It’s understood the victim suffered injuries to his face and arm during the attack.
He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, for treatment and, last night, was said to be in a stable condition.
One source told the Paisley Daily Express: “There was a bit of a commotion at the garage and then there were quite a few cops on the scene.
“Some of the officers went inside the workshop and another one of them was standing guard at the entrance.