Five serious and organised crime gangs are operating in Ayrshire, police have warned.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said the dangerous criminals were a “clear threat” to pub trade and the “legitimate economy” in Ayrshire.

In a report to South Ayrshire Council’s licensing board, he said crooks launder money through local firms.

And detective Chief Inspector Alan Sommerville, Ayrshire CID said the police “closely monitor” their activity.

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