THREE people were snared for drug offences after police busted local pubs and clubs.

Cops also found an underage boy within one of the licensed premise as they carried out high profile patrols on Saturday night.

Officers were deployed on foot and mobile patrol in Ayr and Prestwick as they spoke to customers, venue staff, and licence holders.

Taxi marshals, street pastors and St Andrews First Aid staff also assisted on the night.

Three people were reported for alleged drugs offences, with two being found allegedly in possession of drugs within a licensed premise.

A number of people were warned regarding their conduct within and outside licensed premises and advice was given to staff to ensure that patrons could enjoy a night out in a safe environment.

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, Area Commander for South Ayrshire Police, who led the operation, said: “South Ayrshire is a popular place for people to come to enjoy a night out, with many choosing Ayr and Prestwick at weekends.

“Last night, local officers were deployed to ensure that everyone enjoyed a safe night out and to make sure that staff and licence holders were operating their premises safely and in line with licensing legislation. A small number of issues were identified at or within some premises. Further enquiries are ongoing and discussion will take place with the Licensing Department at South Ayrshire Council. The public can expect to see officers on patrol around licenced premises in South Ayrshire and should be reassured by their presence.”