Police Scotland are appealing for information following a serious assault on a dog walker in Johnstone.

The 49-year-old was assaulted at Cochrane Castle Golf Course, at Scott Avenue, Johnstone at around 5.55pm on Sunday.

Emergency services attended and the 49-year-old man was taken to Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for treatment to a serious head injury.

Prior to the incident, police revealed the man had been involved in a verbal altercation with a group of golfers near to the 16th green and 17th tee of the course.

Detective Sergeant Jason Buxton, of Paisley CID, said: “A man has been seriously injured and it’s imperative we trace whoever is responsible.

“Officers have been carrying out enquiries in the surrounding area since this incident.

“We believe the area would have been quite busy with golfers and would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think back and get in touch with us if you have any information which may be able to assist our investigation.”

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting incident 2784 of Sunday, 1st May, 2022. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”