Children's play area ruined by fire deliberately set by youths in Renfrewshire

Police are increasing patrols after a wheelie bin was set alight last weekend by youths under a children’s play area causing significant damage.

A wheelie bin was set alight under a children's play area in Robertson Park, Renfrew.
A wheelie bin was set alight under a children's play area in Robertson Park, Renfrew.

In recent weeks, the number of reports police have received of anti-social behaviour and vandalism has increased as young people gather in public areas in Renfew and Erskine.

Last weekend, a wheelie bin was set alight under a children's play area in Robertson Park, Renfrew, causing significant damage.

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Police have confirmed that no-one was injured during this incident but have said that the dangers of wilful fire raising are well-known.

Local officers will continue to carry out patrols in the areas where incidents have been reported to help crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Inspector Allan O'Hare said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the vast majority of people in Renfrew and Erskine for following the guidelines during these challenging times.

"I am aware of reports of anti-social behaviour and I'm disappointed we're experiencing these issues.

"We’re asking people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to help protect the NHS and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

"We’re also urging parents, guardians and carers to ensure they’ve talked to the young people in their lives about the importance of abiding by the restrictions and the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

"Our officers will take appropriate action where incidents of anti-social behaviour and vandalism are reported and offenders identified".

Anyone who has information or concerns about the anti-social behaviour is encouraged to contact police on 101.

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