British Transport Police have said that they are to increase patrols on trains and in stations in response to an increasing number of incidents in Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire.

The easing of COVID restrictions and the good weather we've been having has led to more people back on the railway network and BTP say they're having to deal with more troublemakers as a result.

Reportedly they have attended 104 incidents in Ayrshire since April and 36 in Balloch.

The patrols in Ayrshire, Balloch and other stations along the line are part of the Safe Summer Plan which involves BTP officers, Police Scotland, Scotrail and local authorities working together to reduce anti-social behaviour.

BTP Inspector Alasdair McWhirter said: “Through partnership working with Police Scotland and ScotRail we’re working tirelessly to deter criminality and anti-social behaviour on the railway network, and we’re stepping up our patrols in West Dunbartonshire and Ayrshire using targeted operations.

"As passenger numbers on the railway increase as Covid restrictions lift, we will have more officers at key routes and stations across the network, including Balloch and stations in Ayrshire, to ensure the safety of everyone using it.

“We want people to look after themselves this summer and enjoy themselves, and we ask everyone to be sensible and considerate of other passengers.

"If we do get called out to anti-social behaviour incidents we will take action as the railway needs to be a safe place for everyone using the network.

“Becoming a victim of crime remains extremely low in the area and the majority of people using the railway these places have been enjoying the good weather responsibly.

 “Passengers continue to be our eyes and ears and they can help us by reporting crimes and concerns by texting 61016.”