The Police Scotland acquisition of all-terrain quad bikes in South Ayrshire should also help with fish poaching issues as part of the wildlife crime remit in the area.

The launch of two new all-terrain quad bikes in South Ayrshire will help police and the council clamp down on rural crime.

Police Scotland and South Ayrshire Council have teamed up to purchase the vehicles, which will be used to support the detection and prevention of crime, particularly in remote areas including beaches, the River Doon, Fullarton Woods and Greenan Castle.

Council staff and police officers will be trained to operate the quads as part the initiative, which will also combat anti-social behaviour, vandalism and illegal fly-tipping.

Chief Inspector Brian Anderson, area commander at South Ayrshire, said the quads will allow officers to access rural locations which “are accessible by foot but take time to get to”, with some being dangerous for officers.

CI Anderson said: “The introduction of quad bikes in South Ayrshire will allow us easier access to rural, parks and beach locations significantly enhancing our ability to tackle anti-social behaviour, rural and wildlife crime.

“The off-road capability maximises our visibility in these locations and means we can quickly respond to incidents and engage with the public.

“The partnership with South Ayrshire Council will further enhance our ability for joint working with council staff and other partners”.