The last bus leaving Burns Statue Square on Saturday night [September 25] was allegedly 'shot at' causing a window to explode with passengers aboard.

Passengers were asked to evacuate the bus at the bus stop outside the Twa Dugs in Ayr.

One eyewitness who was standing near the bus stop said it looked like somebody had fired a shot from the High Street.

He told the Advertiser: “It happened around 10 pm, the last bus. I heard a clatter and wondered what it was. Then I noticed a massive hole in the window. It appeared to come from the street.

“I’m ex-forces so I know what a pellet gun can do and it was no pellet gun, it was something with more force. it was a proper hole.

“The driver called control and it was up to them if they called the police, and then they brought another bus and got everybody off it and they drove the bus away.” 

Stagecoach has confirmed the incident was an act of 'mindless vandalism' and the police are investigating. 

A spokesperson for Stagecoach West Scotland: "We can confirm that Service 343 was subject to an act of mindless anti-social behaviour while at Burns Statue Square, Ayr on the evening of Saturday 25th September. 

"Thankfully, there were no injuries on board, and we were able to quickly transfer our customers onto a replacement service to continue the rest of their journey home safely. 

We would encourage any witnesses to contact Police 101 with the information they might have." 

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "We received a report that a weapon had been fired at a bus window on Burns Statue Square, Ayr, around 10 pm on Saturday, 25 September.

"Enquiries so far have not found that any weapon was used or any criminality was involved. CCTV will continue to be reviewed and enquiries are ongoing."