A serious assault by a group of men wearing balaclavas in Glasgow's Southside is being treated as an attempted murder, according to police.

An 18-year-old man was left with serious injuries after being chased and assaulted by the masked gang in Castlemilk.

He had been part of a group of teenagers hanging out in a playground near to the Jeely Piece Club, just off Machrie Drive at around 11.25pm.

The teens were then approached by the group of men, who chased the 18-year-old through the park before seriously assaulting him.

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The victim was taken to Hairmyres Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Detective Sergeant Keith Runcie said: “This attack, which we are treating as attempted murder, has left this young man with very serious injuries.

“We believe that the 18 year-old man was the intended target and our officers are currently checking CCTV in the local area as well as making door to door enquiries to try and establish exactly what happened here.

“Where were you last night? There are lots of houses which back onto the park from Ballantray Road and Machrie Drive. Did you hear or see anything?

“Somebody will know something about this attack and we urge you to come forward with this information so we can trace those responsible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police via 101, quoting incident number 6041 of Friday April 19 2019.

Alternatively contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given in confidence.