Police in Largs have launched an investigation after vandals damaged the seafront public toilets in the town.

The loos were the subject of a controversial £300,000 refurbishment earlier this year, and members of the public now have to make card payments of 40p a time to use the facilities.

According to a crime report supplied by local police to members of Largs Community Council, the toilets were vandalised on April 9.

A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said: “The locks at the baby changing facility and a number of cubicles were damaged. We are currently assessing the costs.

“We would like to remind those responsible for acts of vandalism like this that they are ruining a facility that is used by people in the community and visitors to the area.

"We would also urge members of the public to contact Police Scotland if they have information about public facilities being damaged in any way."

Any information can be reported to the police via their '101' number or the Contact Us section of the Police Scotland website.

The refurbishment project was supposed to be completed last summer, but work had to be interrupted for the Viking Festival so they would be open to the public during the busiest time of the year.

The facilities are maintained using revenue generated from motorists paying to use the adjacent seafront car park.