Teenager in 'serious' condition after attack involving 'gang of youths'

The bus station in Kilmarnock was closed following the attack on Monday night.

Kilmarnock teenager in ‘serious’ condition after attack involving ‘gang of youths’ near bus station © Google Maps 2023

A teenage boy was left with potentially life-threatening injuries after a serious assault in Kilmarnock by a “group of youths”.

At around 6.15pm on Monday, October 22, a 14-year-old boy was attacked and required immediate medical attention.

Police said had he not been taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, his injuries could have proved life-threatening, but he is now in a serious but stable condition.

Detectives are now looking to speak to witnesses or anyone with information about the incident, and in particular are looking to speak to people who may have seen any groups of youths in Kilmarnock town centre just before or after the attack.

The attack is being treated as an isolated incident, but extra police officers will be patrolling the area.

Police confirmed that they are following a positive line of enquiry.

Detective sergeant Sarah Holland said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help our enquiries to establish the full circumstances of what happened. If you saw any groups of youths in the town centre just before or after the attack, you may be able to help us.

“In addition, if you were driving in the area and have dash-cam footage that could assist our enquiries then please get in touch.

“We are treating this as an isolated incident and would like to reassure the wider community. Extra officers will be patrolling the area and we are following a positive line of enquiry.”

Kilmarnock Bus Station was closed to members of the public while police carried out enquiries on Monday night and buses were cancelled.

A spokesperson for Stagecoach West Scotland said: “Due to an incident in Kilmarnock Town Centre, buses will not serve Kilmarnock Bus Station this evening. Buses will continue to operate and will serve stops nearest to the station.

“To support police we would ask that members of the public do not attend the bus station at this time. We will post an update when the station reopens. We appreciate your patience at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 2776 of Monday, October 24, 2022, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.