A SHERIFF has warned that "vigilantes" taking the law into their own hands will not be tolerated in Fife.

Sheriff Alastair Brown was speaking after hearing of a 17-year-old Lochgelly youth committing acts of vandalism.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on August 14, at Bishop Avenue, Lochgelly, he smashed the rear window of car by striking it with a wooden drawer,

He also admitted that at Paul Street, he smashed two window panels in a door and was also unlawfully in possession of a knife.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said: “There appears an ongoing feud between various parties.”

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said his client’s position was that he had fallen out with the owner of the car and it was not part of a feud.

However, Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “This seems to have been some sort of vigilante action.

“It may be that in some parts of this sheriffdom people think they can take matters into their own hands and it may be Lochgelly is one of those areas.

“This will not be tolerated in Lochgelly or anywhere else it occurs, be that Townhill, Cowdenbeath, Dalgety Bay or wherever.

“People living in these areas should not have to put up with this nonsense.”

Sheriff Brown called for reports and the youth will be sentenced on October 21.