A missing man was traced safe and well after a helicopter was called out in a large police operation last night.

Around 10 police vehicles were seen entering and leaving Irvine Community Sports Club as part of the operation at around 9.30pm last night [Sunday, January 16].

A police helicopter was seen shining a spotlight over the area while hovering above.

Police Scotland confirmed to the Times today this was in relation to a person who had been reported missing in the area.

The spokesperson added: "They were traced safely a short time later."

Police Scotland can be contacted on 101 - In an emergency always dial 999.