A man this week told how he narrowly escaped being blinded in a firework attack which blew out the letterbox of his home.
Jimmy Coyle of North Lanarkshire was sitting relaxing at his home in Holytown when the attack took place last Monday night.
A banger pushed through his letterbox exploded, blowing the box right out and sending the flap of the box hurtling into his living room where it hit Councillor Coyle in the face.
Mr Coyle suffered a cut to his head and severe bruising – and admitted he was fortunate his injuries were not much worse.
He said: “I was sitting in the house and felt something hit me on the side of the face and then heard a boom. I actually thought my fire had blown up.
“I put my hand up to my face and it was covered in blood and then saw the flap from the letter box was lying in the room. The firework had blown the letter box right out and the flap had come flying through the living room and hit me in the face.
“I was very lucky. What has saved my eye has been the leg of my glasses. They were badly bent and but for them it would have gone right into my eye.”