A 76-year old woman’s windows were shot out as residents demand action on a gang of black-clad teenagers terrorising a village community.

The pensioner “nearly had a heart attack” during the terrifying incident involving an air weapon on Dundonald Road, Dreghorn, at 5.30pm on Sunday with police enquiries ongoing.

And the Times was told residents were meeting to discuss what can be done in the village’s Crown Inn last night [Monday] after the paper went to press.

The victim’s son-in-law, Graham Lyle, 49, told the Times: “There’s been a group of teenagers, for lack of a better way of describing them, that have for the last six months been terrorising the village.

“They are actually described as having a uniform of black and I came across them last night for my sins.

“We were at my mother-in-law’s last night and heard two very quick ‘pop pop’ noises. We ran through to the side of the house and the two windows had been shattered with either an air rifle or an air pistol.

“I ran out the front door and saw a big group of about 10 teenagers disappearing round the corner. Not another person on the street it could only be them. I got in the car and caught up with one of them and the other were hanging about. I said did you smash my mother-in-law’s windows? – “So f*** if I did – what are you going to do about it?”, standing there effectively challenging me.

“They were obviously just out to cause trouble last night. It’s got to the point where a lot of the residents are having a community meeting tonight.

“The cops openly said to me last night there’s nothing they can do – they haven’t caught them doing something, there always late to the party. I’ve got a massive amount of time and respect for the cops but their hands are tied. There’s even a guy in the local area who clocked one of them and leathered the ned and he’s been charged.

“Apparently the kids are saying to the cops and to us, ‘There’s nothing you can do to us, you can’t touch us’.

“The village is about ready to erupt. My mother-in-law’s 76 years old and nearly had a heart attack last night, she was really, really upset.

“The windows are still smashed. The guy who was out to board up the windows said that’s definitely air gun pellets.

“It’s been going on for so long and it’s escalating, is my concern. They’re causing damage all over the place.”

A spokesperson from Irvine’s Police Scotland office said: “On 21st November 2021 police received a report of windows broken in Dundonald Road, Dreghorn.

“Enquiries are ongoing currently. If anyone can assist police contact 101 quoting Incident No 2685 of 21/11/21.”