A woman has been left with serious injuries after an attack by a gang of young men in Clydebank.
The 26-year-old victim was walking with a friend on Hawthorn Street, shortly after midnight on Sunday when a group of teenagers approached them.
What followed was described by police as a “vicious and unprovoked” serious assault that left the woman in hospital.
She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow where her injuries were are said to be serious but not life-threatening.
The suspects are described as being five men, all around 17-years-old.
One was approximately 5ft tall, with brown hair, wearing a dark jacket and a black beanie hat.
A second was wearing a luminous pink top and dark bottoms. The other three were all wearing dark clothing.
Police Scotland has appealed to the public for help calling on any witnesses to come forward.
Detective constable Imran Abuzar, from Clydebank CID, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack and we can only be thankful that the injuries were not even more severe.
“We are aware that there were a number of people and motorists in the area around the time of the incident, so are appealing to anyone who witnessed the attack, or believes they saw a group of men matching the descriptions, to please come forward.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting incident 0024 of December 12. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.