A TEENAGER has been left scarred for life as police hunt the men responsible.

The 19-year-old man was cycling on West Thomson Street around 10.30pm last night when he was approached by the men.

Police said it caused the cyclist to fall to the ground and he was then assaulted with a small bladed weapon. The attackers then ran off.

The victim made his way home and was taken by a family member to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for treatment to facial, arm and hand injuries.

Medical staff informed the police, who said the teenager remains in hospital in stable condition.

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Detectives said the men involved were described as wearing black balaclavas and dark clothing. One was wearing a black Berghaus fleece top.

Police in Clydebank are speaking to residents and checking CCTV in the area.

Detective Constable Adam McCreery, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a very frightening incident for the young man concerned who has received injuries which will leave him scarred for life.

"We are still trying to establish a motive for this serious assault however we would appeal to anyone in the area of West Thomson Street who may have witnessed the incident to come forward to police.

“We are not yet sure whether this was an attack in which the victim was the intended target but we are keeping an open mind to all possibilities.

"The area in which the incident happened is very residential with a number of flats and houses nearby so I am hopeful that we may have some witnesses who live in the area who might be able to help.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clydebank CID on 101 quoting incident number 0068. Witnesses can also contact Crimestoppers.