Largs Community Council has received a response from Police Scotland over whether they perceive the town to have a 'drug problem'.

As we previously reported, police in Largs were questioned over the lack of drug detections in crime reports provided to the town's community council.

The latest crime report to Largs Community Council (LCC) reported zero drug detections and arrests over the past two months - in comparison to up to a dozen in a single month last year.

That led LCC members to quiz local police sergeant Donald Fisher on whether Police Scotland's priorities in the town had changed.

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The priorities for North Ayrshire policing, as detailed on the Police Scotland website, are decided by data including feedback from local authorities, partners, and residents.

These priorities list drug dealing and drug misuse, violence and antisocial behaviour, dishonesty and road safety as the public's main concerns.

In answer to LCC concerns, Sergeant Donald Fisher responded: "North Ayrshire, and Largs is a safe place to live.

"Relative to other areas in North Ayrshire, Largs appears to have a lower number of drug related issues.

"Police Scotland are committed to intelligence led enforcement aimed at disrupting the supply of illegal drugs, as well as closely working with public health and partners to tackle harm caused by substance misuse.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Sergeant Donald FisherSergeant Donald Fisher (Image: Newsquest)

"Police officers now routinely carry naloxone sprays, engage with local alcohol and drug partnerships, sign post supportive pathways and campus officers promote wellbeing and risks associated with substance use."

Asked by community councillor Jamie Black as to what campaigns local police were currently prioritising, Sergeant Donald Fisher said; "The Joint strategy for Policing 2023 outlines the national direction for policing in Scotland, the strategic outcomes, and their impact on communities, and it is available via Police Scotland website.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Community councillor Jamie Black Community councillor Jamie Black (Image: Newsquest)

"The North Ayrshire Local Policing Plan extends on this at the local level with close engagement with the community planning."

He added: "For Largs at the local level, officers engage relevant campaigns and work with partnerships to match the individual circumstance in a manner that works towards these priorities."

Community councillor Robbie Stevenson also asked that with the recent spike in shoplifting incidents, if there was a link-up between businesses premises in the town as part of an early warning system to all traders.

Sergeant Fisher said: "From the shops spoken with, there does not appear to be a single organised communication channel similar to town-centre radios as used in Saltcoats and Irvine."

Last month, Mr Stevenson had suggested that a business app between all the shops to provide an early warning system could be used similar to the business communities in Scotland.

Police told the community council that they regularly engage with local businesses and provide advice.