Ayrshire Police have sought to reassure the

public that measures are in place for policing in the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic.

The recently appointed Local Policing Commander for Ayrshire, Chief Superintendent, Faroque Hussain took to Twitter to announce that the force was well prepared for the outbreak.

In a repeating of the wider Police Scotland statement, he said: “Police Scotland has tried and tested plans in place to ensure that the public continues to receive

an appropriate policing service.

“We have been planning for coronavirus for several weeks now and, as part of this phased approach, have been assessing our business continuity plans to ensure we can maximise the service we provide.

“We are liaising with partners in the Scottish Government, NHS and broader UK policing, and

are following guidance in relation to protective equipment.”

The Chief Superintendent added: “In line with the action plan agreed by the UK and Scottish Governments, if a significant number of our people were affected, we would prioritise the most serious crimes and incidents.”