A 19-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital following a disturbance in North Ayrshire that police are treating as attempted murder.
Officers were called to a lane in Kilwinning at around 2.30am on Saturday morning.
Initial enquiries have established there was a disturbance within a property on Ladyford Avenue.
That was followed by shouting as a group of male and female youths aged between 16 and 20 gathered on the street and adjacent lane.
The group ran off from the area prior to the arrival of police.
Emergency services attended and a 19-year-old man was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock. Medical staff describe his condition as critical.
Detectives are appealing for information and are reviewing CCTV footage for any additional information.
Detective Chief Inspector Mick Carr said: “A group of youths were involved in a disturbance in a lane at the rear of properties in Ladyford Avenue, so I’m sure people will have heard or seen the disturbance.
“I would appeal to local residents who have any information about this incident to contact us. Any small piece of information could prove vital so please do pass it on.
“We are conducting extra patrols in the vicinity and want to reassure the public that extensive enquiries are ongoing by dedicated officers.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 0504 of 22 May, 2021.
Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.