Police Scotland will be conducting extra patrols throughout Ayrshire this weekend to deter anti-social behaviour and remind people of the current restrictions.

Officers will be visible in areas including Largs and on Cumbrae as residents look to enjoy the Easter weekend. 

Under the current restrictions, people are still not able to travel outside their own local authority without an essential purpose. 

Up to four adults from two households can meet outdoors providing social distancing is maintained.

Local officers, supported by patrols from the Force Reserve and mounted branch, will have a particular focus on anti-social behaviour by groups of young people after complaints from local communities in recent weeks.

This has included damage to property, fire setting and the consumption of alcohol which puts young people at risk, with a particular incident in Inverkip last week. 

Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain is the Divisional Commander for Ayrshire.

He said: “The regulations have had a significant impact on our lives and I would like to thank the vast majority of people who are sticking to the rules.

“People should not travel outwith their local authority area except for essential purposes.

"While Easter weekend is traditionally a time for visiting friends and family, I would urge people to stay local and follow the regulations on gatherings. 

“If you are visiting beauty spots within your local area, do so safely and respectfully – leaving no trace of your visit. Please also park responsibly to allow emergency access.

"Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to use our enforcement powers as a last resort.

“I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend.”