Women injured in Helensburgh taxi rank attack
A 25-year-old woman has been left with serious facial injuries after she and her friend were attacked by a man at a taxi rank in Helensburgh.
It happened at about 0300 BST on Sunday after the two women became involved in a disagreement with a group of six men.
The first woman was knocked to the ground and her friend, 22, was attacked as she tried to stop the assault.
Another man from the group stole one of the victims' handbags before joining his friends in a taxi.
Police said the 25-year-old woman would require extensive surgery.
The friends had made their way to the taxi rank on West Clyde Street in the town after a night out.
They began speaking to a group of six men already waiting for a taxi and became involved in a disagreement.
Det Con Iain Lobban, from Strathclyde Police, said: "Officers working on this case, including myself, have never seen this level of violence towards women, leaving one requiring extensive facial surgery.
"Regardless of what may or may not have been said to the men involved in the moments before this appalling assault what happened to these two young victims is absolutely unacceptable.
"For another one of this group to then return to the women and not help them in any way, but steal from them, is absolutely disgusting."
He added: "I would say to the other men who were with these two to ask themselves if really want to be associated with people who would treat women like this and appeal to them to come forward and identify them.
"I would like to reassure the public that officers are carrying out extensive enquires, including checking CCTV in order to identify this group and the two suspects."
"I am keen to speak to anyone who was at or near to the taxi rank at around 3am on Sunday to come forward."
Detectives said they were particularly keen to speak to a young man who was wearing a grey-hooded sweatshirt and denims who was seen at the taxi rank at the time, as he may have seen or heard something.
The two victims were taken home by a taxi before they called an ambulance which took them to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
The suspect who assaulted the two women was described as white, Scottish, between 6ft 3ins and 6ft 5in, and wearing a brown or burgundy shirt, black trousers and black shoes.
The suspect who stole the bag was described as white, Scottish, about 5ft 8in, with a heavy build and dark hair. He was wearing a black jacket with a white shirt or t-shirt underneath and denim jeans.