A TEENAGE gang left a 61-year-old in hospital following a vicious New Year's Day attack.

Four men aged around 18 years old assaulted the man in the Waverley Walk area of Hawick at around 10pm.

The man was taken to Borders General Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service with serious head injuries.

Detective Sergeant Callum Peoples said: “This was a serious assault and we believe that groups of people in the area may have seen something that can help in our inquiries to establish exactly what happened.

“The man who was assaulted had walked along Mayfield Drive and became aware of a group of men behind him in Princes Street. He crossed Wilton Hill at the junction with Havelock Street and carried on walking along Waverley Walk where the assault took place.

“We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area at the time and seen anything suspicious, before and after, the incident to get in touch.

“Anyone who can help can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 5595 of 1st January, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”