Police in Ayr, Troon and Prestwick are upping patrols following increased reports of anti-social youths.

A police spokesperson said there will be more officers on the beat at key locations in South Ayrshire over the coming weekend.

The reports of anti-social behaviour by young people gathering in public areas specifically refer to near the River Doon, in Ayr, Fullarton Woods, in Troon, and the Marchburn area of Prestwick.

Officers will be deployed to encourage compliance with Scottish Government's guidelines.

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, area commander at South Ayrshire, said:"I'm aware of reports of anti-social behaviour and I'm disappointed we're experiencing these issues.

"We’re asking young people to take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to help protect the NHS and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

"We’re also urging parents, guardians and carers to ensure they’ve talked to the young people in their lives about the importance of abiding by the restrictions and the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour."

CI Anderson thanked the 'vast majority' of people for following the guidance and sought to remind people that the regulations allow leaving home for limited purposes.

He said: "Complying with the legislation about meeting only one other household outdoors at any one time and following the Scottish Government's guidance about avoiding travelling long distances will stop our parks, beaches and hills from becoming over-crowded and help ensure appropriate physical distancing is maintained, reducing the spread of coronavirus.

"Our officers will continue to engage with the public, explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. We will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation."