A dog walker has been rushed to hospital after being beaten with a golf club in Johnstone.

The victim, 49, suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted on the grounds of Cochrane Castle Golf Club last night.

The man was at the Scott Avenue club walking his dog when he got into an argument with a group of golfers near the course’s 16th green and 17th tee.

One of the golfers on the course then assaulted the man, leaving him with a head wound caused by a weapon believed to be a golf club.

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He was rushed to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for treatment of his injuries following the incident at around 6pm.

Detectives have now opened an investigation into the violent attack, which they are treating as a serious assault.

Officers are now appealing to witnesses who may have seen the attack unfold to get in touch.

Detective Sergeant Jason Buxton, of Paisley CID, said: “A man has been seriously injured and it is imperative that the person responsible be found.

“Officers have been investigating the area since this incident.

“We believe the area would have been very popular with golfers and would encourage anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think about it and contact us if you have any information that might help our investigation.”

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting incident 2784 on Sunday May 1, 2022.