A bakery was damaged during what has been described as a “running battle” between groups of youths in an Angus town.
Several residents reported hoards of teenagers “running amok” through Kirriemuir, fighting one another and damaging property.
A plate glass window at McLaren’s Bakers on High Street was smashed during the chaos, with a pool of blood also found at the front door.
Owner Karen Murray, 59, said: “The glass in the window was smashed behind the metal shutter that is there to protect it.
“A member of staff discovered the damage when she opened the shop on Saturday morning.
“There was also a pool of blood at the door of the shop. Police haven’t been able to tell us exactly what happened but we have heard from lots of people that there was a fair bit of disturbance in the streets of Kirrie overnight on Friday into the early hours of Saturday.”
Karen said she had heard about other properties being damaged during the disturbances.
“It seems to have been quite frightening,” she added. “The police have asked for CCTV from local businesses and are trying to piece together exactly what happened.
“Thank goodness we had the metal shutter over the window or else this could have resulted in something much worse.
“If someone was pushed against the window during a fight the shutter may have protected them from greater injury.
“It’s very upsetting that vandalism of this kind is happening in the town. I hope police get to the bottom of what went on.”
A Kirrie resident, who asked not to be named, said: “There was a group of youths basically running amok in the town in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“For a while it sounds like it was a bit of a running battle with fighting and property being damaged.
“This has become quite a common occurrence in the town recently and the events at the weekend seem to have brought it to a head.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: ‘We are following positive lines of inquiry after a disturbance in Kirriemuir in the early hours of Saturday morning
“A review of private and public CCTV is underway and inquiries are continuing. Anyone who witnessed the disturbance is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.”