COPS are hunting for a thug who left a man with a hip injury after robbing him on a night out.

The victim, 48, was walking along Lauchlan Way, Kilwinning when he was approached by a man, and assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone.

The force said the incident happened between 1am and 2.30am on August 3. 

The victim sustained a hip injury in the incident and was taken to Crosshouse Hospital.

Officers are checking CCTV footage for any information on the suspect.

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Detective Constable Gordon Thomson said: “A man has been on a night out and has been the victim of an assault and robbery.

"I am appealing to taxi drivers and any motorists who were in this area between the hours mentioned to think back and consider if they saw anything odd, perhaps they noticed someone hanging around or someone running off.

"Any small piece of information could prove vital in our enquiries. In particular, I would like to ask anyone to check their dash cams.

"It’s possible it may have captured images which could assist us in tracing the person responsible for this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call officers at Saltcoats Police Station via 101, quoting incident number 0798 of 3 August 2019.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.