The Auld Kirk of Ayr and statues within the church grounds were attacked around 5pm on Thursday in what police say was “obviously a deliberate act”.
Investigations are underway to locate those responsible, and police ask anyone who sees anything suspicious to contact them.
Chief Inspector Kevin Lammie said: “This vandalism was obviously a deliberate act. The damage to this sacred building and these historic statues runs into the thousands of pounds, not to mention the upset this will cause the community of Ayr.
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“Officers are investigating, however I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around 5pm, who may, for example, have dash cam footage or private CCTV, to be contact.
Someone will know something. Have you seen discarded paint cans anywhere? Did you see anyone acting suspicious on the High Street of Ayr, or near the Auld Kirk of Ayr around 5pm on Thursday 25th May? If so, contact the police.
“Whoever carried out this vandalism may have approached the church from the High Street, however it can also be accessed from the River Ayr footbridge.
“If you have any information that may assist officers with their inquiry, please call the police via 101 quoting reference number 4076 on Thursday 25th May 2023. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111”.