Police are searching for vandals after a memorial bench dedicated to an Ayr dad was destroyed over the weekend.

The bench, which was situated at the first tee over looking Belleisle Golf Course in Ayr, was commemorated to Alan Kennedy who tragically died in a car crash in 2005.

Alan was a patron of the local course.

A previous incident in 2018 saw Alan's wife Lilian discover the theft of two family wreaths from her husband’s grave.

Now another incident, which took place on Sunday, June 4, saw vandals destroy his memorial bench, causing great upset and distress to Alan's family.

They, along with police, are now appealing for any information regarding the incident.

Alan's daughter Louise told the Advertiser: "My late dad's memorial bench has been situated on the path overlooking the first tee at Belleisle since he was tragically killed in a car crash in 2005. 

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"Today, the memorial bench has been vandalised, which has caused great distress and upset to our family.

The incident has been logged with Police Scotland and will be highlighted on social media for anyone that has information. 

Louise continued: "We know from speaking to golfers that the incident has taken place between 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

"A large group of youths were spotted within Belleisle around 6pm and this information has been passed to the police."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “On the evening of Sunday, 4 June, 2023, police received a report of vandalism to a memorial bench at Belleisle Park, Ayr.

"Enquiries are at an early stage.”