A GANG of teenage tearaways have been bringing misery to people in Barrhead town centre.

In the latest incident on Friday, a group of 10 boys and girls gathered outside the Asda store at 5.30pm and caused a disturbance, during which plants were damaged.

Police have been studying footage from CCTV cameras in the area as part of their investigation.

Inspector Michelle Grant said: "Security staff reported the issue to us and we are working to identify those responsible.

"We have had problems in that location in the past and it is having an impact on the local community.

"The fact they are hanging about in the evening is off-putting for others who want to shop or visit the area.

"We are not against young people having fun but not if it is putting their safety and the safety of others at risk.

"I would also appeal to parents in the town to know where their children are."

In recent months, groups of children believed to be aged between 12 and 14 have been gathering outside the Asda store and the Barrhead Foundry.

This has led to acts of vandalism, stone-throwing and other anti-social behaviour.

Windows have been smashed and security staff have been confronted by the yobs.

The Barrhead News first reported on the problem back in February.

Police have said the culprits will be visited at their home or at school.

Anyone who has information is asked to call officers on 101.