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19 December 2016, 06:25
A man has been taken to hospital after an "extremely violent'' attack outside a rugby club.
The 25-year-old was standing next to his car in the car park at Linlithgow Rugby Club on Saturday night when he was approached from behind by his attacker who punched him in the face.
The victim fell to the ground and was kicked repeatedly and left with injuries to his face which required hospital treatment.
The injured man managed to make his way to Linlithgow town centre to find help following the attack at around 11pm.
Detective Constable Jo McCall said: "This was an extremely violent attack that left the man seriously injured and hospitalised with significant facial injuries.
"We are now appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and remembers seeing anything suspicious, or the victim walking injured through Linlithgow, to contact police immediately.''
The suspect is a white man in his 40s with a stocky build. He is around 5ft 10in tall with short dark hair. He was clean-shaven with facial acne scarring.
He spoke with a local accent, was wearing a dark knitted-style hooded top with fleece lining and had with him two Boxer-type dogs with him, one pure white and one dark.
He was driving a light blue Ford Focus.