Ayr: Vandals cause thousands of damage to 17th-century Scottish church

The Auld Kirk of Ayr and statues in the church grounds were attacked around 5pm on Thursday in what police said was “apparently an intentional act”.

Investigations to identify those responsible are ongoing. Police are asking anyone who has seen anything suspicious to contact them.

Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie said: “This vandalism was obviously a premeditated act. The damage to this sacred building and historic statues amounts to thousands of pounds, not to mention the annoyance this will cause to the Ayr community.

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“Officials are investigating but I would urge anyone who was in the area around 5pm and has, for example, dash cam footage or private security cameras, to get in touch.

“Someone will know something. Have you seen discarded paint cans anywhere? Have you seen anyone acting suspiciously in the High Street of Ayr or near the Auld Kirk of Ayr around 5pm on Thursday 25th May? If so, please contact the police.

“It is possible that whoever did this vandalism approached the church from the High Street, but access can also be via the River Ayr footpath.

“If you have any information that may assist officers in their investigation, please call police on 101 quoting reference number 4076 dated Thursday May 25, 2023. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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