POLICE officers were pelted with glass bottles and verbally abused by a gang of 100 teenagers.

Cops were called to an incident at Papermill Road in Greenock on Wednesday night, where a group of between teens had gathered in a field for an open air party.

Three boys, aged 15, 16, and 16-years-old, were arrested for alleged public disorder offences.

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While a 14-year-old girl was also charged over an alleged assault and disorder offence in a separate incident near the town's Knocknairshill Cemetery on Tuesday.

Two boys, aged 14 and 16, were arrested for public order offences, with the older boy held in custody to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court.

Police ordered parents to be aware of where their children are during the school holidays.

Inspector Julie MacDonald told our sister title the Greenock Telegraph: “For some time, young people in Inverclyde have been gathering, often in very large numbers, at local ‘hot spots.' predominantly during school holidays.

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“The police and council receive numerous complaints about drink, drugs, vandalism, fighting, urinating and other public disorder not to mention the broken glass and mess left behind.

“The majority of young people who are gathering are out socialising with friends and simply enjoying the school holidays.

"However a minority are intent on causing disorder and anti-social behaviour which will not be tolerated.

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"Police Scotland are not wishing to criminalise young people however when offences are committed, robust action will be taken.”

Patrols have been stepped up to tackle the anti-social behaviour.