A protest has broken out in a Kilmarnock street over claims an alleged paedophile is living nearby.

Police raced to McDougall Place in the Ayrshire town after an angry crowd gathered.

People shouted 'your taxi's here' and 'get out beast' while a sign was erected that said 'no peace for beast '.

Crowds gathered to protest in Kilmarnock
Police speak to locals who gathered to protest in Kilmarnock

Cops, wearing masks, arrived on the scene this afternoon in riot vans and asked the public to stay back as they formed a cordon around a property.

Locals claimed a child sex offender was living in the area.

Locals stuck a sign on the pavement in the street during the protest

A live video circulating on social media showed people gathered on the street.

Police Scotland has been contacted for comment.