VANDALS smashed emergency safety glass on local trains last week before running off.

Passengers were left shocked as the mindless yobs shattered the glass on the panels next to the doors which are in place to deal with an emergency situation.

The incidents took place on ScotRail services between Ardrossan and Glasgow Central.

One passenger told how the gang of youths ran up and down the carriage before striking the panels and running off.

The passenger who wished not be named, told the Herald:“It is appalling behaviour, it really is.

“That’s twice I have seen it happen now. One of them used a bottle and whacked the glass before running off leaving the poor staff to deal with it.

“I don’t know why they do it, it’s not funny or clever. It’s really dangerous and must cost them a fortune to fix.”

The Herald contacted British Transport Police who advised that they had received a report from a member of the public on Thursday, August 15 but when they contacted ScotRail there were no reports of damage so there were no further enquiries.

ScotRail who operate the services between Ardrossan Harbour and Glasgow Central say they will work with local authorities and BTP to stamp out vandalism.

A spokesperson for ScotRail told the Herald: “Vandalism and anti-social behaviour has no place on Scotland’s Railway, and we will continue to work with the British Transport Police to clamp down on this unacceptable behaviour.”