POLICE have ramped up patrols near a village field after a group of teenagers “ran amok” and caused a large scale disturbance. 

Emergency services rushed to a field just off Kilallan Road, Houston, on Thursday after bales of hay were set on fire amid reports of the schoolkids “throwing bottles” and “smacking horses on the bum”. 

It’s believed the teenagers came from all over Renfrewshire and used local taxi firms to get to a drop-off point outside the Houston Inn. 

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Uniformed officers increased their presence in and around the village over the weekend. 

Inspector Jim Cast, based in Johnstone, told The Gazette: “These bales of hay can be worth around £100 on their own, so with 14 of them we could be talking over £1,000 worth of damage.

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“These kids have met in the middle of nowhere and it hasn’t happened since.

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“We would just ask that parents make sure they know where their children are.” 

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson confirmed they had attended the incident and extinguished the fire before leaving the scene. 

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