Police Scotland brought in a helicopter to help trace a delivery van that was stolen in Johnstone which was full of Amazon parcels two days before Christmas.

Two men jumped into the vehicle in Bute Drive, Johnstone at around 12.10pm on Wednesday 23rd December.

The parcels, which would mostly have been Christmas gifts, was recovered in the Glengarnock area of North Ayrshire after the car was involved in an accident.

Another driver collected the parcels and delivered them in time for Christmas.

Police dogs were used in Ayrshire to trace the two men who escaped from the van and they were later arrested. The two men aged, 44 and 31, were charged with theft and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We received a report a delivery van had been stolen from the Bute Drive area of Johnstone, at around 12.10pm on Wednesday, 23rd December.

“The details of the van were quickly circulated across the West of Scotland and it was soon spotted in the area of Glengarnock in North Ayrshire.

“A number of resources including Air Support and the Dog Branch were dispatched to the area.”

An Amazon Spokesperson said: “This is a terrible incident and above all we are grateful the delivery driver is safe.

“We will work with police as they investigate.”