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Police in Carrick said June presented them with some of their lowest crime figures but would have been lower still if not for a spate of vandalisms.

Sergeant Kevin McKeown told a meeting of Girvan and district community council last week that there were 185 incidents reported to them with 17 reports made to the procurator fiscal.

These included two people reported for incidents of dangerous driving on the A77 which resulted in collisions with other vehicles.

Speed checks were also carried out across the Girvan area including Vicarton Street, Coalpots Road and Henrietta Street, which resulted in no reports for speeding.

“I think that is very positive,” said Sergeant McKeown, “and shows the message is getting across to drivers.”

However there were nine cases of vandalism, which were not thought to be connected.

“We had some very low figures for June and would have been lower still if it wasn’t for nine vandalism incidents,” added the Sergeant.

“At Girvan Academy a new poly-tunnel was vandalised with about £2-300 worth of damage.

“Three young girls were seen on CCTV but unfortunately the images were not clear enough to make an identification and none of the teachers could identify them.

“The old ambulance station also had some windows broken with some young people seen throwing stones at the building.

“We will continue to target vandalism and disorder in the town with mid-evening cycle patrols.

“This month the Girvan area has also been quiet in terms of rural thefts but there have been a number of incidents of tools being stolen from vans and buildings in the Maybole area so we will not rest on our laurels on that score.”

Sergeant McKeown added that the force was being well supported by the road policing unit and would hold a series of road blocks in the early hours of the mornings to tackle rural thefts throughout the next couple of months.