An 18-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the death of a gay barman in Ayrshire.

Police said the teenager was being “detained” over the murder of 28-year-old Stuart Walker.

Mr Walker was found dead with “horrible” injuries near an industrial estate in Cumnock. He had been beaten and burned.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: “We can confirm that an 18-year-old man is currently detained in connection with this inquiry.”

The man was taken into custody last night, reports said.

Mr Walker’s death is not currently being treated as motivated by homophobia, although police say they are keeping an open mind.

Few details of his injuries have been released but police said he had been subjected to an “extremely violent and sustained attack”.

Officers said the attack was not thought to be random and that it was likely Mr Walker knew his attackers.

Mr Walker was last seen alive near Glaisnock Street’s fire station at about 2.30am on Saturday October 22nd.

His body was found by a passerby two and a half hours later.