A man is in a stable condition in hospital after being assaulted by three people in North Lanarkshire, before a second incident happened shortly after.
The first incident happened at around 11.15pm on Saturday when the 52-year-old was outside a takeaway in Stirling Street, Airdrie, and he was assaulted by two young women and a man.
Despite walking away, the group followed and he was assaulted by the man again on Mill Loan at its junction with Hallcraig Street.
Emergency services attended and the victim was taken to University Hospital Monklands with serious head injuries, with medical staff describing his condition as stable.
The two female suspects were described as slim and between 14 and 16-years-old. The man was also slim and believed to be in his early to mid-20s.
Detective sergeant Mark Nelson said: “This was a brutal assault and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area late on Saturday night, and witnessed either incident or noticed the group described above, to please come forward.
“I would also urge any motorists with dashcams who were travelling nearby to check their footage in case they have captured anything which could assist our investigation.”
If you have any information, call 101.