ONE man has been arrested and police are hunting for his alleged accomplice after a boat worth more than £50,000 was reportedly stolen from the banks of Loch Lomond.

A Helensburgh-based officer spotted what looked like a breakdown on the southbound A82 between Cameron House and Stoneymollan involving a white Ford Transit towing a boat at around 3am on March 17.

Two men were said to be present and the trailer was not securely attached to the van.

After the officer activated the police vehicle’s blue lights and stopped, one of the males allegedly tried to reverse the van into the police vehicle, causing the officer to move to avoid impact.

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One of the men then reportedly made off on foot, and the second man was apprehended at the scene before further police officers arrived.

Following a search, the man, a 30-year-old from Clydebank, was reportedly found to be in possession of a knife, which was recovered from his front pocket.

Both males will be reported to the procurator fiscal for the alleged theft of the boat – later estimated to have a value in excess of £50,000 – from the Loch Lomond area near The Cruin and for various road traffic offences.

The arrested male will also be reported for the alleged possession of a knife.

Police say they are “following a positive line of enquiry” to trace the second male.

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