A 10-year-old girl was assaulted in the street by a man wearing an eye patch as she walked to school.

The youngster was making her way along MacBeth Drive in Kilmarnock to start lessons for the day when she was approached from behind by an individual.

He attempted to grab her arm and engage her in conversation during the frightening incident which took place at around 8.30am on Thursday, November 19.

As she tried to get away, he started to shout and swear which upset the girl and she ran off to school where she told teachers about what had happened.

Police were then called in and enquiries are continuing this week.

The man is described as white, aged 30 to 35, around 6ft 3in tall, of medium build and with crooked yellow teeth.

He was wearing a long, black padded jacket with a furry hood and a distinctive black eye patch.

Local area commander Chief Inspector Steven Meikle said:"Why this man approached the young girl has still to be established and any speculation, especially on social media, is not helpful at the moment.

"The fact is this girl was very upset by what happened and we need to find this man as soon as possible.

"His description is quite distinctive, especially his height, and the fact he had an eye patch, so he would have been noticeable and would have stood out in the area.

"This happened just near to a local school around starting time and so there would have been numerous cars and people in the area about then.

"Officers are checking CCTV and have been making door-to-door enquiries as well as being in the area as the school finishes for the evening, however, we would appeal to anyone who saw the man hanging about the streets, or anyone who has dash-cam footage from the area [on that] morning to come forward.

"Information can be passed to officers at Kilmarnock police station via 101. Please quote incident number 0992 of 19 November 2020 when calling.

"Alternatively, details can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Ch Insp Meikle added: "Additional patrols will be in the area and anyone with information can speak to officers there."