A BENARTY councillor was one of several female members of Fife Council to receive 'a disturbing' phone call.

Cllr Mary Lockhart, on Monday evening this week, was one of an estimated eight female Fife councillors who received a "profoundly disturbing" phone call between 8pm and 9pm.

Councillor Lockhart described the experience as 'sinister'.

An anonymous man identified themselves as a "male stripper", claiming to have been paid by a friend to go to their home and strip.

Cllr Lockhart told the Times: "I didn't like it at all. I was frightened.

"I don't know what the purpose of a call like that would be? It was horrendous.

"It wasn't just a prank. It was sad and quite sinister."

Police are investigating the incident and a spokesperson said: "We received a report of a nuisance phone call and inquiries are ongoing."

Fife Council also confirmed that they were aware of the calls.

Andrew Ferguson, depute monitoring officer, said that support and advice is available to anyone affected.

He added: "The fact that female councillors have been targeted in this way is very concerning and we would urge anyone who is receiving nuisance calls of this nature to report the matter to the police."