POLICE are set to target hot spots of anti-social behaviour as part of a summer action plan.

Areas already identified in Largs include Anderson Park, the shore, the shelters and spots up the back of the town.

The clampdown is part of North Ayrshire Police’s 'Safer Shores' initiative.

Inspector Colin Convery of Largs Police says it aims to reduce crime an ensure that law-abiding people can enjoy the summer.

He said: “This is a forever-evolving aspect of our policing plans based on matters reported to police and partners.

“We are always keen to hear from the community regarding concerns they have about any location.”

The initiative involves Police Scotland, British Transport Police, North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard, the NHS and transport providers work together to promote safety.

Chief Inspector Brian Shaw, area commander in North Ayrshire, said: “In recent weeks and with improvements in the weather we have seen an increased number of visitors attending our coastline to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

“I would like to assure residents and visitors that a comprehensive plan is in place with our partners in Ayrshire to ensure everyone has a good day and enjoys the beach safely.

“We will have additional officers on patrol in the area - incidents of criminality and anti-social behaviour will be dealt with robustly.

“I would also like to remind everyone that drinking alcohol in public is an offence and could result in offenders receiving a fixed penalty notice.

“I would encourage anyone with any concerns to speak to officers on patrol in the area or to call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency, to report any incidents.”