An intruder who attacked an Irvine man in his own home before jumping out a first floor window is in a critical condition.

The Times understand the 26-year-old is fighting for his life in the same hospital where his 63-year-old victim is “serious but stable” recovering from apparent stab wounds.

The victim, who the Times believes is a school janitor, was assaulted in his home in Stronsay Court at around 11.15am on Sunday after being confronted by an intruder.

The injured man, who police say was in his 60s, was taken to Crosshouse Hospital after the alleged assault with his condition described as serious but stable.

The 26-year-old intruder has been arrested in connection with the alleged incident and also taken to hospital and police have confirmed his condition is “critical”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “At around 11.15am on Sunday, November 17 police were called to Stronsay Court, Irvine following a report that a man in his 60s had been assaulted after confronting an intruder in his house.

“The injured man has been taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital for treatment. Medical staff describe his condition as serious but stable and notthought to be a threat to life.

“A 26-year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and has been taken to Crosshouse Hospital for assessment his condition is critical.

“Enquiries are continuing."