A re-appeal has been launched after a woman was mugged by a masked man in surgical gloves when walking her dog in Maybole.

Officers were out again this morning [Wednesday, August 19] combing through the area where the incident took place.

The 49-year-old woman was walking a small white dog on a grassy area near to Culzean Road and Burns Drive around 9.40am today [Wednesday, August 5], when a man approached her.

The man then tried to grab her personal items, but as the dog started barking, he made off only with a piece of jewellery.

The woman made her way home and alerted police.

Fortunately the woman did not require any medical attention after the sickening incident.

Detective Sergeant Craig Semple from Ayr Police Office said: “Our enquiries this morning were to try and jog people’s memories in case they were in the same area two weeks ago and noticed anything that may be significant to our enquiry. I am grateful for the assistance that they gave us, and we will now follow up the information gained.

“This type of incident is unacceptable and we are continuing to work to trace the person responsible. We have also been speaking to local residents and studying CCTV footage from in and around the local area to identify him.

“I would like to re-appeal to anyone with any information to contact Ayr Police Office through 101 quoting reference number 0768 of 5 August. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”