Three men are believed to be scamming people out of money in Saltcoats and Stevenston.

The trio reportedly turn up at a resident's door wearing work safety clothing and offer to carry out gardening work.

They agree a price and do the work before demanding more money for waste disposal.

There have been a number of reports of the doorstep crime across the Three Towns in the past week.

The men are described as well presented and driving a white Ford Transit van.

Police are appealing for members of the public to assist in identifying these men and trace any other victims.

PC Mackie of Saltcoats Police Office said: "We believe these men are targeting older more vulnerable residents who reside alone within her home.

"It is possible that these men may have attended at other nearby addresses with the Three Towns areas.

"If someone attended at your door recently that you were unsure of, or if an elderly relative has informed you of a similar incident please contact us."

Constable Mackie reminded people to say 'no' to doorstep traders, do not allow yourself to be convinced that work needs done and done urgently - instead ask friends and family for recommendations.

This is particularly the case for older and more vulnerable members of the community.

Before agreeing to work, PC Mackie said, get a quotation in writing, ask about your cancellation rights and use your door chain to ensure they cannot gain entry until you are satisfied with their identity.

If you have information which could assist, contact Police Scotland officers at Saltcoats on 101 quoting incident number 1034 of 14/08.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111, where anonymity can be maintained.

If you believe doorstep criminals are operating in your area call police now on 101 (always dial 999 in an emergency).