A 28-year-old man has suffered stab wounds after being attacked by a gang of youths in North Lanarkshire.
He was assaulted as he walked home from a pub in the village of Plains, near Airdrie, at about 0130 BST on Saturday.
He was taken to Monklands hospital for treatment before being released.
Police described it as a "cowardly attack on a lone victim". They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
It is thought three or four youths were involved, all white and aged 14-18 years. They were wearing hooded tops and were between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10in tall.
Det Con Kenny Russell of Coatbridge CID said: "From the enquiries we have made over the weekend it appears the man left his house on Victor Street about 0100 hours to go to the Stables public house.
"He was walking back and cut through the car park area behind Victor Street when he was assaulted.
"This was a cowardly attack by a group of males on a lone victim. I would ask anyone with any information on this attack to come forward to the police."