An online petition has been set up asking Renfrewshire Council to house 50 refugee families.

The whole world has seen images of a small boy, Aylan, who drowned fleeing Syria with his family. His father survived but his mother and brother perished.

This has sparked thousands of people in Scotland, and the rest of the UK into action to put pressure on the Government to so more to help refugees.

Overnight, Lauren McCall from Renfrewshire has set up a petition asking Renfrewshire Council to promise to do their bit by welcoming some refugee families.

On the website, where the petition was set up, Lauren says: “Aylan, the toddler who drowned fleeing Syria, was just three years old. His town was under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and his mum also died trying to reach safety.

“Yet our prime minister has just said ‘we won’t take any more refugees’. He thinks that most of us don’t care. But 38 Degrees members do care. We don’t want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria.

“So let’s stand up for Britain’s long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let’s show the Prime Minister that we, the people of the UK, are proud to do our part and provide refuge to people in their hour of need.”

If you wish to sign the petition it can be found here.