Po­lice ap­peal after two se­ri­ous at­tacks

West Lothian Courier - - News - Sean O’Neil

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two se­ri­ous as­saults on the same night in West Loth­ian.

A 36-year-old man was hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous in­juries fol­low­ing a bru­tal as­sault by in Bath­gate on Fri­day with one of the at­tack­ers pro­duc­ing a weapon.

And in Craigshill, a 20-year-old man suf­fered a se­ri­ous in­jury to his back after be­com­ing in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with a man and a woman.

The in­ci­dent in Bath­gate started at around 11.15pm near the train sta­tion on Ed­in­burgh Road when three men started hit­ting the vic­tim as he walked past the train sta­tion.

The 36-year-old fought off his at­tack­ers and ran away but the three as­sailants caught up to him on Mar­jorib­anks Street, near Academy Place, where one of the at­tack­ers pro­duced a weapon.

The vic­tim was taken to St John’s Hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries and po­lice are appealing for any­one who may have wit­nessed the as­sault to come for­ward.

The first sus­pect is de­scribed as be­ing white, around five feet six inches to five feet nine inches tall, young look­ing with blonde hair and a medium build, wear­ing a black long-sleeved shirt and dark jeans.

The sec­ond sus­pect is white, five feet nine inches tall, around 20 years old with short dark hair, dark fea­tures, slim face and was wear­ing a dark green bomber jacket and dark trousers and pos­si­bly a dark coloured beany hat.

The third sus­pect is white, five feet six inches tall, aged be­tween 16 and 20 years old with long dark hair, wear­ing a dark green jacket with a hood.

Po­lice are also appealing for wit­nesses fol­low­ing the se­ri­ous as­sault in Craigshill.

The at­tack hap­pened around 10pm at Fre­man­tle Street, Craigshill and con­tin­ued to the Craigshill Mall area at Al­mond West Road.

A 20-year-old man was on Fre­man­tle Street when he be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with a man and a woman. The man as­saulted the vic­tim, re­sult­ing in him sus­tain­ing a se­ri­ous back in­jury. He was taken to Ed­in­burgh Royal In­fir­mary.

The sus­pect is de­scribed as white, 20 to 25 years old, six feet tall, of medium build with short dark hair bleached blonde on top and a clean-shaven face. He had a lo­cal ac­cent and was wear­ing a blue hooded top, blue cot­ton shorts and white train­ers.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101 or given anony­mously to Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111.

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