BOSSES at a Wee County business claim they have been targeted in a malicious campaign of misinformation.

Printed paper signs have been spotted at bus stops in Alva and even at Causewayhead in Stirling, accusing a member of staff at Alloa Hire Centre (AHC Tools) of intentionally spreading the coronavirus.

The allegations have been branded "simply pathetic" by the company in a social media post, which urged people to notify the local firm if they spot any of the signs.

Police have also been notified.

When the Advertiser enquired with officers, a spokeswoman confirmed the issue was reported last week, but said advice and guidance was given to explain this was "not a criminal matter".

Owners have been advised to contact Clackmannanshire Council instead about the removal of the signs from bus stops.

It is understood AHC's only option is to raise a case through the civil courts.

It also appears that the signs follow on from earlier ones, but this time accuse a member of staff, saying "before lockdown a worker with corona virus [sic.] coughed in the faces of customers and helped spread the virus".

A statement from AHC Tools said: "These are new signs that go further and actually accuse a staff member of coughing in the face of our customers, these accusations are beyond belief and simply pathetic."

And added: "If anyone has any information on who could be doing this can we please ask you to get in touch with us, there will be a reward for information leading to a conviction."

During lockdown AHC is offering a click and collect service, operating with strict social distancing rules and with shorter hours.