Hunt for man after assault at gala day which left another in hospital

The 21-year-old victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Hunt for man after serious assault which left another in hospital at Bathgate gala day iStock

A man is in a serious condition in hospital following an assault at Bathgate gala day.

At around 4pm on Saturday, June 4, a 21-year-old man was seriously assaulted in the Meadow Park area.

He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Police are now keen to trace a man in connection with the incident who was seen leaving in the direction of Glasgow Road. 

He is described as white, between 20 and 30 years old, with stubble and short dark hair which is shaved at the sides.

At the time, he was wearing a grey Nike top which had yellow shoulders and arms with a pink tick logo and matching shorts.

Detective inspector Graham Garvie said: “The area was busy at the time as there was a gala day ongoing and I know people will have witnessed what happened.

“I’m appealing to them, anyone who has information about the incident or anyone who recognises the description of the man we’re keen to trace, to contact us.

“I’d also like to reassure the public that this appears to have been an isolated incident. However, officers are carrying out regular patrols of the area and anyone with concerns should speak to police, call 101 or, in the case of an emergency, 999.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference 2697 of June 3, 2023.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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