VIOLENCE broke out in Calais Muir Woods after a large group of youngsters gathered and were consuming alcohol.

A 17-year-old youth has now appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court as a result of an “unprovoked attack”.

The Dunfermline youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 15 when the incident occurred.

He admitted that on March 2 last year, at Calais Muir Woods, Dunfermline, he assaulted a youth by punching him to the head repeatedly to his injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said that at around 5pm, there were 50 to 60 youths from various local schools gathered at the location and alcohol was being consumed.

She went on: “As the complainer turned to speak to friends, he was punched twice to the head. He was dazed and was taken home by friends.

“Police were contacted and with the use of Facebook, the accused was identified as the person responsible.”

The victim sustained a chipped tooth and bruising to his face.

Defence solicitor James Moncrieff said: “He was 15 at the time. He had been told his friend had been assaulted by the complainer. He later apologised to him and regrets his behaviour.”

Sheriff Charles Macnair told the youth: “This was an unprovoked attack. It seems you took the law into your own hands after hearing something.”

The sheriff imposed a community payback order with 15 months of supervision and 108 hours of unpaid work. He also made a compensation order for £500.