GROUPS of Scouts at a West Fife outdoor centre were moved inside after reports of gunshots were heard in the area.

Camp staff at Fordell Firs contacted police just after midday on Sunday after hearing what they thought was "a series of gunfire" on nearby land.

Graeme Luke, Chief Executive Officer for Scout Scotland, said: "Our camp staff contacted Police Scotland immediately and, as a precautionary measure, moved four groups of Scouts into indoor accommodation whilst Police Scotland attended the centre.

"Volunteer Leaders carried out a register of all groups and all were accounted for."

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The go-ahead to resume with normal duties was given at around 2pm.

Mr Luke added: "Keeping young people and volunteers safe is our number one priority and our staff acted swiftly along with volunteers until we were advised by Police Scotland."

It's understood that if there were gun shots, they were likely to have been related to normal farming activity in the nearby area.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11am on Sunday, 28 April, we received a report of what was believed to be gun shots in the Fordell Firs area of Dunfermline.

"Officers attended and enquiries were carried out.

"No criminality was established.”