A man walking his dog has suffered serious facial injuries in an unprovoked attack on the Isle of Bute.
The 43-year-old was approached by two men just after midnight in community gardens on Mill Street, near Russell Street, in Rothesay.
One of the assailants punched the dog walker in the face and he was assaulted again upon falling to the ground.
The man was treated for a serious facial injury in hospital, where medical staff describe his condition as stable.
The two suspects, who walked off towards Mill Street, are both described as around 5 ft 8 in height, with dark coloured hair and wearing dark clothing.
One man was in his mid 30s to early 40s, and the other in his 20s. One of the men had paint splatter on his trousers.
Detective constable Kamila Jelonkiewicz of Dunoon CID, said: “There would appear to be absolutely no reason for this attack, which has been very upsetting for the man and his family.
“Although the attack happened in the early hours of the morning, we would be keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the park and may have seen what happened or who may recognise the description of the men who are not believed to be local.
“Officers are checking CCTV in the area and making house-to-house enquiries and checking with local businesses and transport companies in an effort to trace the men responsible.
“If you have any information that may assist officers with their enquiries, then please call police via 101 quoting reference number 0030 of Sunday, 5 March 2023. Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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