A man was viciously attacked by a gang of thugs at a busy shopping centre. 

The 57-year-old was standing outside the toilets at the Piazza shopping centre in Paisley when the violent incident occurred.

A group of male youths assaulted him at around 5.15pm on Friday, January 19 in what CID is describing as a 'violent and unprovoked' assault.

The victim was rushed to Royal Alexandra Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Detectives investigating the attack have scoured CCTV and determined that at least three young men were involved.

They are urging any witnesses to get in touch. 

Detective Constable John Sharkey, from Paisley CID, said: “This was a violent and entirely unprovoked attack, which has left a man seriously injured.

“We believe a group of at least three young males were involved, having been seen in the area of the toilets at the time, and are asking anyone who saw the youths or has any information on the incident to come forward.

“If you believe you can assist our enquiries, please call police on 101, quoting incident 0972 of January 20, 2024.

"Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if you wish to remain anonymous.”