A South Ayrshire councillor is appealing for help after his van was broken into this week.

Councillor Chris Cullen, who represents the Ayr East ward, took to social media to appeal to the public for CCTV or camera footage after £2,000 of tools were stolen from the vehicle.

Cllr Cullen said the incident happened at around 12.35am on Thursday, August 17 in the Forehill area.

He said: "I am aware of a number of vans targeted in Forehill in the early hours of Thursday morning.

"My van was one of the ones broken into, with around £2,000 worth of tools stolen (luckily I had the majority of tools on a job).

"Two males who were in and out in a matter of minutes.

"I am looking for CCTV footage/doorbell camera footage around Holmston Drive/Glencairn Road. It seems the car has parked on Glencairn Road.

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"If you have any footage that could assist with police enquiries, please contact me."

Police Scotland believe the incident may be connected other reported thefts.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Ayrshire Priority Policing Team are appealing for information following a series of thefts in the areas of Ayr, Newmilns and Kilmarnock on Thursday, 17 August, 2023.

"The incidents took place between 12am and around 10am and the targets appear to be work vans."

Inspector Iain Farmer said: "We would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding the thefts or who may have any relevant CCTV or ring doorbell footage, to contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0251 of 17 August.  Details can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"I would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to ensure that their vehicles and houses are locked and secured to prevent any opportunists from carrying out similar incidents."