South Scotland

Police hunt Hawick sewage works attackers

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Police are hunting attackers who knocked a man unconscious near a sewage works in the Scottish Borders.

The incident happened on Sunday at about 16:00 on Mansfield Road in Hawick.

A 55-year-old man left the nearby Trinity Bar and was walking home when he was approached from behind by "two figures" and assaulted.

Police believe the victim lost consciousness for a short time before being taken to hospital for treatment.

He suffered a number of cuts to his upper body in the attack.

PC James Watt said: "We believe the victim may have been knocked unconscious briefly and while he required treatment at hospital for some facial wounds, he was thankfully not seriously injured.

"Nevertheless we are actively pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace those responsible and anyone who was on Mansfield Road on Sunday afternoon and saw anything suspicious should contact police immediately."

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police.

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