Irvine police are preparing for a possible influx of teenagers travelling to the coast, with warm weather expected to continue throughout the week.

Police launched their safer shores initiative this week, with North Ayrshire's top cop warning any incidents of criminality will be dealt with robustly.

This is in response to previous incidents of teenagers travelling in their thousands to the Ayrshire coast when temeratures rise - resulting in numerous incidents of anti-social behaviour, drinking and violence last year.

Chief Inspector Brian Shaw, Area Commander in North Ayrshire, said: “With the good weather set to continue we do anticipate a significant number of people will head to the beaches of North Ayrshire.

"I would like to assure residents and visitors that a comprehensive plan is in place with our partners in Ayrshire to ensure everyone has a good day and enjoys the beach safely.

“We will have additional officers on patrol in the area - incidents of criminality and antisocial behaviour will be dealt with robustly.

"I would also like to remind everyone that drinking alcohol in public is an offence and could result in offenders receiving a fixed penalty notice.

“I would encourage anyone with any concerns to speak to officers on patrol in the area or to call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency, to report any incidents.”

Police Scotland launched their Safer Shores Initiative alongside British Transport Police, North Ayrshire Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, HM Coastguard Search and Rescue, the NHS and transport providers, who will work together to promote safety at the coast.