OUT-of-control teenagers fuelled by alcohol went on a lockdown-breaking rampage at Greenock beauty spots - putting lives at risk.

Authorities have hit out after large groups of drunken yobs congregated at places including the Greenock Cut and Whinhill Golf Club at the weekend, causing major disturbances and leaving behind a trail of destruction.

In shocking scenes they fought with each other, set fires, abused and intimidated golfers and even attacked them with missiles including fireworks.

A 16-year-old boy was seriously assaulted as the chaos continued.

Greenock police say they will be stepping up their response - as they probe reports that parents are dropping their teenage kids off to join the open air parties, which are taking place in blatant defiance of lockdown rules.

A local councillor has also joined calls for the anti-social behaviour to stop.

Police were called out on a number of occasions to break up illegal outdoor parties attended by groups of up to 80 young people.

In one incident a concerned dog walker raised the alarm as drunk girls put their lives in danger by going swimming in a reservoir.

Inspector Andrew Durk said: "Over the weekend police received a number of reports regarding large groups of young people gathering at Whinhill golf course in Greenock and various other locations in Inverclyde.

"This resulted in complaints of anti-social behaviour and intoxication and a 16-year-old male being seriously assaulted.

"Police are also aware of reports suggesting that parents are facilitating these gatherings by transporting young people to and from these locations, which is reckless and irresponsible in the current climate.

"Safeguarding the young people of Inverclyde is an absolute priority and we appeal to parents, grandparents and guardians to take responsibility.

"Do you know where your young people are going at night?

"They could be putting themselves, your family and our community in danger."

Local officers say they will be working with British Transport Police colleagues and community wardens this weekend to try and avoid any repeat of the disgraceful scenes.

Councillor Jim McEleny, whose ward covers one of the areas which was worst affected, said: "Regarding the golf club, there were up to 80 youths congregating from Saturday afternoon.

"Flagpoles were stolen and the reservoir and surrounding areas were strewn with litter.

"A firework was thrown at a golfer.

"I know it's been difficult for us all these last couple of months during the lockdown, but littering, anti-social behaviour and vandalism cannot be condoned.

"We all have a responsibility to look after each other and our environment.

"Young girls who were inebriated were jumping into the water - this is so dangerous.

"I would say to parents, do you know what your teenager is up to and where they go?

"These incidents aren't acceptable in normal times, but of course these aren't normal times.

"In the current COVID-19 crisis, people shouldn't be meeting in large groups.

"They are putting lives at risk by flouting the law."

Clean-up operations have been mounted this week to clear up the mess left behind at The Cut and Whinhill.

The public are being urged to report any such gatherings they see by calling the police immediately on 101, or contacting the Inverclyde community wardens on 0800 013 1701.