Question mark over the future of three Ayrshire Police Stations as they 'could close'

Police Scotland has drawn up a list of buildings in 58 locations which could be closed as part of a wide-ranging estate review.

Properties in Ayr, Kilwinning and Largs, are among those under consideration of closing.

The force said it needed "modern, flexible buildings which are fit for the future".

The list of buildings which "do not match policing requirements" includes some which are no longer routinely used by officers.

Following the review, some buildings could be retained, but others could be declared "surplus to requirements".

Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Cowie said:

"It makes little sense to maintain old and expensive buildings when smaller, more collaborative options may be available."

Details of the plans emerged in response to a Freedom of Information request from BBC Scotland.

It has led to accusations of secrecy and claims that local communities have been kept in the dark about the proposals.

MSP Oliver Mundell said he only learned about the threat to eight police stations in Dumfries and Galloway when he was tipped off by a constituent.

"A local resident in my constituency found out by asking a surveyor at a local police station what they were doing," he said.

"They were there surveying to find out how much it was worth."

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