Britain's Got Talent legend Susan Boyle, who was a runner up in the 2009 competition, is reported to have been 'attacked by a gang of 15 youths'.

Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle is being cruelly taunted, intimidated and attacked by a gang of youths, according to reports.

Witnesses have claimed the singing sensation is being ‘hounded’ by a group of 15 young people who live near her home in West Lothian, Scotland.

The gang is said to have thrown a flaming piece of paper at her in one attack and pelted the buses she was riding on with stones in another.

A spokesman for the 56-year-old singer, who  suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, told the Sunday Mirror they were planning to call in police to ensure her safety.

A witness to some of the attacks said: “We were inside the bus and they were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.

“Another time 10-15 of them were surrounding and throwing stuff. They lit a piece of paper and threw it at her face.

“Then I was going inside the Mill Centre, Susan was walking out and they were all standing at the entrance and they said to her ‘why don’t you get yourself a pair of glasses you ugly, old b****. It’s horrendous.”

Boyle, who found international fame after impressing talent show judges with her performance of I Dreamed a Dream, lives in the three-bedroom former council house which she grew up in.

She bought it soon after finishing second on BGT in 2009.

Asperger’s is a form of autism which typically means people with the condition struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.

Boyle said in a 2014 interview: “It’s a very difficult subject to talk about because you always feel that eyes are on you, and people view you as different.

“I like to see myself as someone with a problem, but one I can solve. It is definitely getting better. “