Cops hunt for Govan attack group

STRATHCLYDE police is appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted on a southside street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 29-year-old and a friend were walking on Paisley Road West – near Middleton Street and Ibrox library – at around 5am when they were approached by a group of five men and two women.

There was an altercation between the groups, and the man chased the seven before being stabbed with a blade, sustaining injuries to his legs.

His friend (also 29) was uninjured, and contacted police. The victim was taken to the Southern General by ambulance and remains there in stable condition.

Officers have no description of the suspects, but detective constable Jane McCourt of Govan CID commented: “This was a terrifying unprovoked attack on a man who was making his way home from a night out with his friend.

“During the incident he suffered very serious injuries to his legs and considerable blood loss, and it is only thanks to the quick actions of his friend alerting the police and administering first aid that this is not a murder inquiry.

“We are examining CCTV and making door-to-door enquiries to try to identify the group of people responsible for this sickening attack.

“However, I’d like to appeal to anyone who was near to the location at the time this incident happened to get in touch with police. Paisley Road West is a very busy main road, and I am hopeful that we can trace witnesses who could assist us with our enquiries”.

Anyone with information can contact officers on 532 5400.