A man has been left with a fractured scull and lacerations to his body after being attacked by a group of men with machetes.

The 31-year-old was standing outside the Barony Hall on High Street around 10.30pm on Saturday when the 'pre-planned and targeted' attack took place.

A man, wearing shorts and a dark jacket, approached the victim and produced a machete before the assault.

A group of eight to nine men, wearing tracksuits with hoods up covering their faces, quickly appeared with similar type weapons and joined in with assaulting the victim.

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The group then ran off, whilst members of the public who came across the victim called an ambulance.

He was taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary where he received treatment for a fractured skull and serious lacerations to his body and has since been released.

Detective Constable Craig Muir from Stewart Street CID said: “It appears that this was a pre-planned and targeted attack and extensive enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened.

“This level of violence in the middle of a busy city centre street is completely unacceptable and I am urging members of the public who were nearby on Saturday night to please think back and consider whether you saw anything at all suspicious.

“The area would have been relatively busy with pedestrians and motorists around the time of the incident and I would like to speak to anyone who noticed some sort of disturbance or a group of men, possibly running down the street.

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"I would also ask any motorists with dashcams to check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Stewart Street CID via 101, quoting incident number 4755 of Saturday 9 March 2019. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”