Councillors have called for an urgent meeting after another spate of break-ins in Largs town centre over the weekend, while a business van was torched in a local car park.

There have been a series of incidents over recent weeks, and throughout the summer, with windows smashed, and items swiped.

Independent councillor Ian Murdoch has been contacted by a number of concerned businesses regarding the crime spree.

He has called for a meeting involving police and local councillors to discuss the break-ins which have happened in Largs during 2023.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Cllr Ian MurdochCllr Ian Murdoch (Image: Newsquest)
Ian said: "There have been many  break-ins earlier this year.

"I feel it is important that we have a meeting with senior officials at the council and with the police to discuss the matter further and what measures need to be taken.

"Improved CCTV coverage is one possible option but again who is going to pay for that?

"We need to look at various measures and see how we can improve the situation and possibly get more police on the ground.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Aitken Street, LargsAitken Street, Largs (Image: Google Maps)
"Whatever the solution is, we need more coverage of the area, in order to target the problem."

Conservative councillor Tom Marshall has also been approached about the matter, and agreed with his North Coast councillor colleague Ian Murdoch that a meeting between senior council members and Police Scotland is necessary to help stamp out the problem.

He said: "I have been approached by a number of constituents distressed by the many break-ins and vandalism in the town and would support Cllr Murdoch's request for a meeting for some follow-up on this matter."

We spoke to a number of businesses earlier this year who backed CCTV calls.

David Boyle, of Halliday's Pharmacy, said: "I definitely think CCTV would be a good idea for Aitken Street - something needs to be done.!

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Scott Paton: CCTV callsScott Paton: CCTV calls (Image: Newsquest)

Concerned local butcher Scott Paton believes it is time to put the CCTV spotlight in Aitken Street and surrounding back streets.

He said: "We definitely need more CCTV.

"It is a deterrent and we need it for the areas off the Main Street.

"It is terrible to see all these attempted break-ins - there is CCTV on the Main Street and the seafront.

"Even if there was CCTV at the former M&Co building looking up Aitken Street it would be a help.

"It is worrying these incidents have happened - and hopefully the police have enough information to go on to catch the cuplrits involved."

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.