A 17-year-old was violently assaulted over the weekend reportedly as part of a feud between families in a North Lanarkshire town.
The teenager, who had wounds to his head and leg, was found by members of the public in the lane near to Noble Road in Bellshill at around 10pm on Sunday, November 11.
Police are also investigating a possible link to an incident at a house at Belvidere Crescent in the town where windows were smashed by a gang of three men only a number of hours after the assault.
Officers say the teenager was attacked by four people who were armed with weapons and made off in two cars which were parked on Noble Road. They were all wearing dark clothing.
The teenager was taken to Monklands hospital where he was treated for tendon damage, fractures to his hand and wounds on his face, head and leg.
The vandalised house linked to the assault had three windows smashed at around 1.30am on Monday morning. Three men all dressed in light-coloured clothing with hoods up were seen at the house and they were in a silver X-registration Ford Focus.
Area commander chief inspector Rosie Wright said: “We are aware of recent incidents involving local families in the Bellshill area who appear to be feuding with one another.
“We are currently investigating two incidents over the weekend where a 17-year-old man was attacked and seriously injured and a later incident when a number of men armed with weapons caused a disturbance at a house in Belvidere Cresent.
“I was to assure the local community that we are doing everything we can to trace and apprehend the people involved in the weekend’s incidents. Local community policing teams will conduct high visibility patrols in the area to prevent any further incidents.
“I would also like to send a strong message to those involved in these recent incidents that police are acting on intelligence and information and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to ensure that you are traced and apprehended for this disorderly conduct.
“My officers will do everything they can to prevent crime, detect those responsible for committing crimes and to keep our communities safe.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Bellshill CID on 01698 202400 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.
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