POLICE have cracked down on adults buying booze for youngsters in Irvine following a rise in antisocial behaviour.

Two adults were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for allegedly purchasing alcohol for children aged 13 and 14 in Irvine at the weekend.

Officers launched a crackdown in response to a recent increase in incidents of violence and antisocial behaviour. 

Officers seized a quantity of alcohol from underage young people and following enquiries a 31-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for allegedly purchasing alcohol on behalf of young people at licensed off sales premises in the area.

Sergeant Jason Peter, of the Irvine Locality Policing Team, said: “Last weekend we highlighted concerns in relation to young people from across Ayrshire coming to Irvine to source alcohol and placing themselves at risk by drinking the alcohol and engaging in antisocial behaviour.

“This weekend we deployed officers on foot, cycle and in plain clothes in the town centre to tackle these issues. Working alongside public space CCTV operators and responding to reports from members of the public, the team have worked to disrupt the supply of alcohol to children.

“We will continue to work with our partners to promote the responsible sale of alcohol and to identify those who find it acceptable to buy alcohol for young people.”

Anyone with concerns about crime in their community is encouraged to contact their local policing team by calling 101 (in an emergency always dial 999).