A manhunt has been launched after a Fife security guard was seriously assaulted.
Police in Fife are now appealing for witnesses after the incident at the Diageo plant in Leven.
The shocking incident happened at 11.30pm on Thursday June 6 as the 40-year-old victim was carrying out his duties at the site.
He noticed three men who were illegally on the premises.
The brave security officer chased after them.
But it was when he caught one of the men that he became the victim of an assault.
The worker suffered an injury to his abdomen.
The security officer was rushed to Ninewells hospital where he received treatment for a non-life threatening injury.
The suspects were seen to head off towards Kennoway or possibly the Broom area of Leven.
Now police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
All three suspects are described as being aged between 20 and 30 years.
One of the suspects was wearing jogging bottoms and a hooded top.
Detective Inspector Chris Mill from Levenmouth CID said: “The victim has sustained a very painful, but thankfully, not life-threatening injury, while carrying out his security duties and we are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness.
“If you saw anything suspicious in the area surrounding Diageo late on Thursday evening, or have any other information that can assist this ongoing investigation then please contact police immediately.”
Those with information can contact Levenmouth CID via 101 and quote incident number 4849 of the 6th June.
Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A Diageo spokesperson said: “We can confirm there was an incident at our site on Thursday evening when intruders were approached by one of our security guards who as a result was seriously assaulted.
“Following treatment in hospital for a non-life threatening abdominal injury he has now been released.
“The health and safety of all personnel who work on our sites is of utmost importance and we are currently helping police with their enquiries.
“We wish the security guard a speedy recovery and we will be in close contact with him to support him.”