A Leven mother has spoken of her shock and anger after her six-year-old son was hit in the face with an air gun pellet.
Elizabeth Fenn and her family were enjoying a relaxing evening last Sunday at their home in Mountfleurie, when her son, who had been playing outside, ran inside crying.
“We had heard cracking sounds earlier on in the evening, and my boy was in the garden.
“He was playing while we were sitting in our garage, which we have converted, and he suddenly came in crying.
“He thought a ball had hit him but when we took him out to show us where it had happened, we heard another crack, and saw seagulls scattering and realised it was an air gun.”
Elizabeth said the little boy was left quite shaken by the incident, and to begin with, he was petrified to go back out into the garden.
“We could barely get him outside to show us what happened.
“He was left with a cut just above his eye where he was hit and a big bump.
“The cut is still there, but the swelling has gone down.
“Thankfully he was better by the Monday and was showing off his cut to his friends at school.
“But me and my partner have been left quite stressed by this, we only bought the house last year.”
Elizabeth said that while the family waited for police to arrive, her partner spoke to a neighbour whose garden backed on to theirs and they said their pet cat had also been hit by the pellets, while someone who lives close-by later told them their pet had also been targetted.
“Our dogs were out in the garden with my boy at the time, so we think they might have been targetting them.
“It’s bad enough that this person has been targetting pets, let alone what has happened to my son,” she said.
A spokesman for Police Scotland urged anyone with any information on the incident to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, or get in touch anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.