A MAN is in hospital with a serious head injury following an assault in Banff in the early hours of this morning.
Police Scotland has appealed for witnesses following an incident in the North Castle Street/Stuart Lane area of the town around 12.45am.
A 59-year-old man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for a serious but not life-threatening head injury.
PC Craig Milne, of the divisional alcohol violence reduction unit, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time in question and saw anything that could assist with our inquiries to get in touch as soon as possible.
"In particular I would appeal to any taxi drivers, motorists or locals who may have been making their way home and saw a group of four or five men in their thirties to let us know. We understand some of these men may have been wearing hooded tops and also believe they may have been using a black or dark-coloured car, possibly an Audi.
"Incidents of this nature are extremely rare in the area, and I can assure the public it is being taken extremely seriously.
"Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous."