Four men have been arrested in Irvine after police find a weapon and allegedly stolen goods following a string of break-ins.

Officers carried out a search warrant on properties on Sloan Avenue on Friday (July 3).

The men, aged 52, 36, 24 and 16-years-old, were taken into custody for their alleged involvement in a number of crimes of dishonesty in Irvine town centre and the Bartonholm area during the last month.

Police recovered a number of items including a weapon and goods believed to be stolen. All four men will be the subject of reports to the Procurator Fiscal.

Inspector Dolan, communities inspector for Irvine said: “These results are as a result of local officers conducting enquiries into a number of thefts in the town recently, including housebreakings and car theft and I am grateful of the support received from the local community during this investigation. Crimes of dishonesty remain a priority area of policing for officers in North Ayrshire.

“I would encourage members of the community to take appropriate steps to ensure properties are kept secure and valuable items are locked away out of sight. Further information on keeping your home secure, is available on the Keep Safe pages of our website.

“I would also encourage people to report any suspicious activity by speaking to local officers or by contacting police via 101 (in an emergency always dial 999). Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.”