POLICE have arrested three people in a major East Ayrshire crime bust.

Two men aged 42 and 31 were cuffed by cops for allegedly possessing class A drugs.

Further investigations then resulted in a 25-year-old man being arrested and held in police custody for an alleged robbery.

It comes as officers from Pro-Active Crime Team, Divisional Alcohol and Violence Reduction Unit, CID and Locality Policing executed Sheriff search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs at five addresses in Kilmarnock, Catrine and Cumnock.

Detective Inspector Ross Black, Ayrshire CID, Pro-Active Crime Team said: “Drug dealing and drugs Misuse continue to be raised as concerns by members of the community in Ayrshire. Operations like todays are made possible by the continued assistance of the public in providing police with vital information in order to take action to tackle drug supply.

Drug Misuse and Serious Organised Crime will not be tolerated within Ayrshire and I would encourage members of the community to report any suspicious activity to local officers or by contacting Police via 101.”

Anyone with information on crime in their community is encouraged to contact Police Scotland by calling the national non-emergency number 101 (in an emergency always dial 999). Information can also be passed via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained