A 14-year-old boy has been left injured after being attacked by a ‘brazen’ gang on a walkway near the River Clyde in North Lanarkshire.
The teenager was on the Clyde Walkway between Baron’s Haugh Nature Reserve and the overbridge at Hamilton Road at around 9pm on Sunday when he was approached by the group.
He was then assaulted and left injuries to his hand and back in a suspected targeted attack.
Emergency services attended and he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident as they look to trace the people responsible.
Officers are looking to speak to anyone who may have been using the Clyde Walkway at the time of the assault or who may have seen anything which could relate to the incident.
Police Constable Ross Preston of the Motherwell Community Policing Team said: “Although the motive for the attack has still to be confirmed, we believe at this time it was a targeted attack.
“No matter the cause, the fact is that a 14-year-old boy has been hospitalised after being attacked by a group of people who have been brazen enough to carry out the attack in a commonly used area by the River Clyde.
“This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“If you have any information that may assist with the enquiry, please contact the Community Policing Team at Motherwell via 101.”