A TEENAGER has been arrested for spitting at police officers in an East Renfrewshire park.

Police are urging people not to gather in large groups in parks and open spaces after two youths were arrested in Rouken Glen Park, Giffnock, on Thursday.

One of the youngsters is alleged to have spat at officers.

Chief Inspector Bryan McGeogh, East Renfrewshire’s Area Commander, said such behaviour is “unacceptable.”

He added: “We know that some teenagers and young adults have been travelling from the local area and across Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire to gatherings apparently co-ordinated on social media. I would appeal to them to stop doing so.

“Two teenagers were arrested in the vicinity of Rouken Glen Park, one in connection with spitting at police officers.

“Parks are essential open spaces for the whole community, particularly during lockdown for those without a garden. I am pleased that the vast majority of the people are respecting the current regulations relating physical distancing and guidance to stay local for recreation but anti-social behaviour by a minority spoils everyone else’s enjoyment of these areas.

“Our regular patrols include areas like Rouken Glen and, when incidents are reported to us, we will continue to work to deal with those responsible. Anyone who has concerns about anti-social behaviour should call us on 101."