COPS have moved to allay fears a man was was running around in Johnstone with a machete this morning.

Officers rushed to Beith Road at around 6am after a member of the public raised the alarm. 

It is understood the whistleblower had spotted a glistening item in the man's hand and suspected it to be the bladed weapon. 

Police attended the scene and spoke to the man but they have now confirmed he did not have a machete.

Instead, it is understood to have likely been his mobile phone or another personal item. 

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