A row has erupted at Irvine’s community radio station after five presenters were ‘sacked’ in a single evening. 

Laura Mac claimed this happened after volunteers at Irvine Beat FM had questioned the use of the charity station's finances as well as the treatment of its volunteers. 

In a social media post Laura said herself and presenters Jim Higgins, Robert Jones and Tommy Monaghan had all been culled.  

Presenter Neil Mcpherson claimed in a further comment that he was dismissed from the station about an hour before he was supposed to go live on air. 

Irvine Beat FM has since denied any misuse of funds, adding that rather than being sacked the presenters were 'removed from their slots'. 

Laura Mac said: “I would never normally post anything of this nature on social media however I am so upset and confused that I feel it is only right I share my experience and make the truth known. 

“Jack Bennie of Irvine Beat FM has just went on a rampage sacking presenters."  

In a statement, Irvine Beat FM said: “Allegations relating to the misuse of public grant funding have been directed at Irvine Beat FM. 

“These accusations are unsubstantiated. We have taken legal advice from our solicitor and Police Scotland. North Ayrshire Council has been notified and we are working with the charity regulator OSCR. 

“Please be assured that the Trustees are doing everything required to fulfil our legal obligations as a charity.” 

It added: “No volunteer was sacked. They were removed from their slot for reasons I cannot go into.” 

Read more in next week’s Irvine Times.