AN ARMY of community activists found FIVE scooters dumped in a local burn during a clean up in Greenock's east end.

King's Oak pupils joined employees from local businesses like plastics firm RPC and MP Ronnie Cowan on the event arranged by Belville Community Garden.

Armed with litter pickers they tackled dumping in the Ladyburn next to Craigend Resource Centre.

It was part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's 'Upstream Battle' campaign which aims to stop waste making its way down to the River Clyde.

Organiser Sally Clough, of Belville Community Garden, said: "We have had a great turnout.

"We found five scooters dumped here before we even started.

"There is so much plastic, bottles and other rubbish finding its way into the water.

"We see polystyrene, plastic food wrappers and all kinds of rubbish making its way down into the water.

"It is fantastic to see so many people come out in support to try and prevent that."

King's Oak senior family learning support worker Caroline McCahill was leading the march at the Ladyburn.

She said: "The children love getting involved with the work at Belville.

"This is a great opportunity for them to do their bit for the environment."

MP Ronnie Cowan said he was glad to pitch in too while parliament is off.

He said: "This is the community in action - there are schoolchildren, local business and volunteers all here to take part because as a society we are not taking the dangers of plastic pollution and climate change seriously enough."