POLICE are appealing for information after a 14-year-old was the victim of a serious assault in Renfrewshire.

Detectives said the teenager was assaulted on Erskinefauld Road in Linwood at around 9pm on December 2.

They had been walking their dog when 10 or 15 youths, of both genders, described as being between 13 and 15-years-old, perpetrated the assault.

They had been described as wearing dark clothing, with one male reportedly having a baseball bat in his possession.

They were last seen running in the direction of Clippens Road, Linwood. Police say CCTV and door-to-door enquiries are still ongoing.

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Detective Constable Claire Eaton of Paisley CID said: “This appears to be an unprovoked attack by a large group of youths.

"It is vital that we establish the full circumstances of what happened and trace those responsible.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area around 9pm on Saturday who saw or heard anything suspicious. Similarly, anyone with private CCTV, doorbell footage or dashcam of the area is urged to review the footage and bring anything of significance to our attention.

”Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 3615 of 2 December. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”