A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after being assaulted during a disturbance on the beach in Troon.

Police say the incident happened around 8.15pm on Wednesday, May 31, near to 'zone four' on the beach, at sand dunes close to Victoria Drive.

A large group of youths, both male and female, had gathered in the area and during a subsequent disturbance an 18-year-old male was struck with a bottle on the head.

He received hospital treatment for his injuries.

Police have launched an investigation and have issued a description of another male youth they want to trace in connection with the incident.

He is described as white, in his late teens, with short hair. He was wearing a pink T-shirt, grey shorts and spoke with a local accent. 

Police say he made off along the beach on foot, in the direction of Royal Troon Golf Club, after the incident.

Officers are gathering relevant CCTV footage and reviewing it for any additional information.

Detective Constable Michael Grant said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have any information about this incident to get in touch.

"If anyone saw or noticed anything suspicious, or has any information on the suspect, please do get in touch with us. 

“In particular, anyone with video footage that may have captured images which could assist the investigation.

“Officers will continue to patrol the beaches in Troon and across Ayrshire in the days ahead, as part of the Safer Shores initiative, and encourage the public to act responsibly if visiting the  during the good weather.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting reference 4073 of 31 May. Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.”