POLICE are appealing for information after a 40-year-old man was seriously assaulted in a Renfrewshire street by a gang of young thugs.

The attack took place in Neilston Road, Paisley, at around 9.30pm on Friday and left the victim with serious injuries to his face and head.

He was taken to the town's Royal Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

Police said five male suspects, who are white and in their late teens, are believed to have been part of a larger group of youths that were in the area.

They ran off in the direction of Paisley town centre following the assault, which took place near Lapsley Avenue.

Detective Constable Martyn Renfrew said: "I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time who witnessed the assault or saw any unusual activity to please get in touch.

"If any nearby residents have CCTV footage or passing motorists have a dash-cam, please check back and see if there is any footage that could assist our investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 101. Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.