POLICE PROBE KNIFE ATTACK OUTSIDE SHOP
Victim feels lucky to be alive after Boxing Day assault
Police are following a positive line of enquiry after a man was stabbed outside a Hamilton convenience store on Boxing Day.
Scott Ballantyne (27) was inside a shop on Annsfield Road, around 9.40pm when officers say he became involved in an argument with two men.
On leaving, a fight broke out between all three which resulted in Scott being stabbed. Medics then transported him by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, where medical staff described his condition at the time as “serious but stable”.
He has since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.
When the Advertiser asked Scott about where he was injured, he said: “On my chest, couple of inches more central and I think I would have been dead.”
He added: “I’m getting better now, I got home yesterday (Sunday), so at least I’m not in hospital for New Year.”
After Scott was stabbed, the suspects were chased by members of the public but they managed
to get away and ran into the Eddlewood area of the town.
Police say both suspects are white and in their early 20s.
The first man had dark hair, was 5ft 10ins to 6ft, had a slim/medium build and was wearing a dark long-sleeved top and dark jeans or trousers.
The second suspect had short red hair, was 5ft 10ins, a slim build and was wearing a distinctive white hooded jacket which had eyeholes in the hood.
Detective Constable Alan Hamilton, Cambuslang CID, said: “As far as we’re aware, the injured man and the suspects didn’t know each other.
“However, for whatever reason, they seemed to have had words in the shop which led to the man being injured.
“Officers have been checking CCTV and are speaking to people who came forward to help the man.
“However, we’re still appealing for others who may have seen the fight or who may recognise the descriptions of the suspects to get in touch.
“The shop is on a busy street next to a pub and we know there were quite a few people around at the time.
“We also know that the suspects had been drinking outside the shop prior to the disturbance, so maybe someone saw them hanging about.
“If you have any information that will assist officers with their enquiries, call Hamilton Police Office via 101 quoting reference number 0096.
“Details can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”