A KILWINNING councillor says policing levels are currently “unacceptable” in the town after numerous incidents of anti social behaviour.

Labour councillor Donald Reid raised the alarm after community councillors heard things had been particularly bad over the Summer and that police have increased patrols “but usual story, they can’t always be there”.

He said: “I’ve raised concerns about the current level of policing currently in Kilwinning. One officer is off long term sick and holidays are creeping in.

“I can’t criticise the acting sergeant but I can criticise those above and I have raised that concern – the current level of policing is not currently acceptable.”

We reported last week how one resident had actually been a target for stone-throwing amid rising numbers of incidents. Adults have reportedly also causing disorder, including a woman offering to flash children for money.

Cllr Donald Reid said: “They are throwing rocks and throwing eggs which is alarming.

“I’m very conscious that an individual cannot be targeted just because they are trying to keep their doorstep clean.”

Inspector Andy Dolan said: “We are aware of concerns raised by residents in Kilwinning relating to groups of youths gathering and causing upset and damage.

“Anti-social behaviour, in any form will not be tolerated. Additional patrols are being carried out in areas where youths are known to gather and anyone with concerns can speak to officers.

“We are also working with community leaders and local partners to address and reduce this kind of activity.

“Anyone witnessing anti-social behaviour should report it to us and those found to be involved will be dealt with.

“I would also urge parents, guardians and carers to make sure they are aware of what young people are doing and support us in working to make our communities safer places to live and work.”