Vandals cause thousands in damage to 17th century church

Police said the Auld Kirk of Ayr was graffitied at around 5pm on Thursday.

Vandals cause thousands of pounds worth of damage to Auld Kirk of Ayr, Police Scotland says

A 17th century church has been left with thousands of pounds worth of damage after it was graffitied by vandals.

Police Scotland said the Auld Kirk of Ayr was vandalised at about 5pm on Thursday.

The force said both the church and its statues were “deliberately” damaged.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have information about the incident.

Chief inspector Kevin Lammie said: “This vandalism was obviously a deliberate act. The damage to this sacred building and these historic statues runs into thousands of pounds, not to mention the upset this will cause to the Ayr community.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries, however, I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area around 5pm, who may for example have dash-cam footage or private CCTV, to get in touch.

“Someone will know something. Have you seen discarded paint cans anywhere? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in the High Street of Ayr, or close to the Auld Kirk of Ayr around 5pm on Thursday? If so, please contact police.

“It is possible whoever carried out this vandalism approached the church from the High Street, however access can also be gained from the River Ayr walkway.”

Police said anyone with information can call 101 quoting reference number 4076 of Thursday, May 25.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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