A LUNCHTIME rammy outside a busy school led to a teenage boy spending the night in police cells.
Cops raced to St Benedict’s High, in Linwood, after receiving reports that a gang of youths, armed with weapons, had turned up at a cycle path near to the school.
They later arrested and charged a 16-year-old boy for allegedly carrying a wooden pole during the showdown.
And, yesterday, officers told the Paisley Daily Express they are still trying to trace another two teenagers in connection with the frightening incident.
It is also understood that the school’s headteacher went outside in a bid to calm down the weapon-wielding youths.
When cops arrived at the school, in Bridge of Weir Road, at 12.55pm on Wednesday, the culprits had already scarpered.
Officers quizzed other pupils to find out what they had witnessed but it was only after studying footage from the school’s CCTV cameras that they were able to identify suspects.
The 16-year-old boy – who is not thought to be a pupil at St Benedict’s High – was arrested at his home later that afternoon and was then charged with possessing an offensive weapon.
He is expected to appear at Paisley Sheriff Court in the near future.
Last night, police appealed for more witnesses to come forward.
A spokesman said: “Officers attended the school after receiving reports of a disturbance there shortly before 1pm on Wednesday.
“We questioned witnesses at the scene but none came forward with information. However, using the school’s CCTV footage, officers noted that a group of youths carrying weapons were seen chasing another group.
“Officers were also able to identify a 16-year-old male and later arrested him at his home address.”
He continued: “We are still looking for another two youths who were carrying weapons at the scene at the time the incident took place.
“We would ask anyone with information to come forward to assist with our inquiry.”
Last night, a Renfrewshire Council spokesman stressed there had been no violence during the showdown.
He said: “A handful of youths gathered near the school.
“The headteacher and the campus cop approached them and they dispersed.
“There was no fighting and no pupils from the school were involved.”
Anyone who has information is asked to contact Johnstone Police Office on 01505 404000.