Police have launched a murder probe after a man died following an assault in Largs.

Officers say Alan Lawson, 36, was attacked at a property in Alexander Avenue on Saturday, February 3.

Mr Lawson, from Saltcoats, died in hospital on Tuesday, February 6.

Officers say that following the Largs attack Mr Lawson was seen on New England Road in Saltcoats on the evening of February 4.

Following a post-mortem examination, police are now treating Mr Lawson's death as murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Ally Semple, from Police Scotland's major investigation team, said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Lawson’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

"Officers are supporting them as we continue our investigation.

“We believe this was a targeted attack, however it’s vital we find out exactly what happened to Alan and I’m appealing to the public for help.

“We’re keen to trace his movements on Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, and find out who he was with.

"Did you see Alan during this time? Perhaps you saw something suspicious in the Alexander Avenue area of Largs.

"We also know Alan was on New England Road, Saltcoats on the evening of Sunday, February 4. Did you see him there? Do you have dashcam or private CCTV footage of these areas which could help? 

“Any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please get in touch.

“There will be increased patrols of the area and anyone with concerns or information can speak to officers.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 3304 of 4 February. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.