A man found seriously injured in North Ayrshire may have been the victim of a hit and run, police have said.
The 45-year-old man was found behind premises between Countess Street and Nineyard Street in Saltcoats at about 21:45 on Saturday.
The man was taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock where he was treated for a head injury.
Det Insp William McDicken said one line of inquiry is that he may have been struck by a vehicle in Nineyard Street.
He added: “Officers have been carrying out inquiries in the local area and are gathering CCTV footage to gather more information on whoever is responsible for this attack.
“At this time, I would urge any witnesses to the incident, or anyone who has any information that may assist our investigation to contact Saltcoats police office through 101.”