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9 October 2018, 15:30
A man suffered a fractured skull after he was attacked by three men armed with blades as he waited for a breakdown service.
The 35-year-old had broken down in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire and was waiting for help in his black Ford Focus when three men in a small silver coloured car pulled up beside him.
An argument took place and the three men then got out of the car and attacked the victim with bladed weapons before leaving the scene.
Police say it appears to have been a random attack.
The victim managed to flag down a man driving a white transit van, who took him home.
He then made his way to the town's Monklands Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull and has since been released.
Police appealed for information about the incident which happened on Airdriehill Road at around 7.40pm on Saturday October 6.
Detective Constable Emma MacFarlane said: "This appears to have been a random attack which has left the victim with a serious head injury and it is vital that we trace the despicable individuals involved.
"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Airdriehill Road on Saturday evening and may have noticed three men matching the above description, or anything at all suspicious, to please get in touch.
"In particular I would like to ask the driver of the transit van who stopped to assist the victim to please get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Coatbridge CID via 101, quoting incident number 3789 of Saturday October 6 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.