A Prestwick man is set to stand trial later this year on charges that he left a huge haul of unsecured guns and ammunition around two properties in the town.

Paul MacGowan is alleged to have had four rifles, a shotgun and a revolver stored insecurely at addresses in Monkton Road and St Andrew's Place.

The 37-year-old denied all the charges against him when he appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court.

The Crown claims that MacGowan failed to comply with a Police Scotland shotgun certificate, which states that ammunition should be stored securely to prevent them being accessed by an unauthorised person.

He is also accused of storing an "excess" amount of ammunition.

MacGowan, of St Andrew's Place, faces charges of failing to properly store and secure a Browning rifle and a CZ rifle, which were allegedly found lying on the floor of a property in Monkton Road on November 20, 2020.

McGowan is also accused of having a Winchester shotgun stored in an unlocked cabinet in at his current home address, and of leaving a Winchester rifle secured and lying on the floor.

A Chiappa shotgun was allegedly found lying on the floor and a Rugler rifle and an Uberno revolver were allegedly discovered lying in the hallway.

The prosecution also alleges that an amount of ammunition was discovered around the property which added up to more than MacGowan was permitted to have.

A further hearing will be held next month, at which it's expected more legal submissions will be made, before a trial date is confirmed.