VILLAGERS are being urged to remain vigilant after a spate of deliberate fires in Bridge of Weir and Houston.

Two fireraising incidents took place on Hogmanay, both involving bins being set alight and leading to extensive damage.

The first arson attack took place outside a house in Houston Road, Bridge of Weir.

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And, later the same night, rubbish was torched at the rear of the Co-op store in Houston, leading to four fire engines being sent to the scene.

The store, and much of the stock inside, was damaged, forcing Co-op bosses to announce doors would be closed for at least a fortnight.

Councillor Natalie Don, who represents Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank, said she is “very concerned” about the incidents.

She added: “To set bins on fire on a main road in a residential area, in close proximity to cars and private property, is extremely careless and dangerous.

“Fire spreads and you just never know what could happen. This is evident from the fire that has led to the Houston Co-op being closed for several weeks.

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“The police regularly warn us these acts increase in the winter. I would encourage all residents who see something like this to make sure they raise the matter with the police.”