A BIN man has been shot in the face with an air rifle in the Lothians.
The council employee was collecting refuse in Ochiltree Crescent, Mid Calder when he was struck to the side of the face by a small plastic ball bearing.
The 34-year-old suffered a minor injury as a result of the incident at 11.45am yesterday, and police were contacted.
Officers in West Lothian are now conducting local enquiries to identify whoever was responsible, and have appealed for witnesses.
Inspector Michaela Kerr said: “While the victim was not seriously hurt during this incident, it is entirely unacceptable for air weapons to be used in such a reckless manner and we are keen to hear from local residents and members of the public who remember seeing anything suspicious in the area.
“Similarly, anyone with information that can help trace whoever was responsible is also asked to contact police immediately.”
Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: “Abusing council staff who are going about their work is completely out of order. Shooting an air weapon at people is unacceptable. It is a mindless act, which could have caused serious harm.
“This incident has left a member of our staff who was performing a public service, and his team shocked. We would encourage anyone with information to contact the police.”
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.