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Man stabbed by gang in 'targeted' attack in Torrance

Asda Bishopbriggs
Image caption The victim was found with stab wounds in the Asda car park in Bishopbriggs

A man has been seriously injured in a "violent and targeted" knife attack by an armed gang in East Dunbartonshire.

Police said the 30-year-old was sitting in the passenger seat of a van in Torrance when an Audi stopped in front of the vehicle, blocking it in.

A number of men then got out of the Audi, smashed the window of the van and attacked the victim with knives.

The injured man was taken by the van driver to the Asda car park at Bishopbriggs where he was later found .

The attack took place at about 17:20 on Tuesday as the man sat in a grey Vauxhall Combo van in Queens View, Torrance, near Main Street.

Police said the Audi involved was a dark or blue colour.

The 34-year-old male driver of the Vauxhall van was able to drive away from the scene to Bishopbriggs where an ambulance was called

The victim was taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment to several stab wounds. His condition is described as serious but stable.

Organised crime

Det Sgt Craig Warren, from Greater Glasgow CID, said: "This was a violent and targeted attack which took place in broad daylight and it is absolutely vital that anyone with information comes forward to assist us in tracing the abhorrent individuals involved.

"We are currently working to establish a motive for the incident and the possibility of links to serious and organised crime will be a consideration, however, they cannot be confirmed at this time.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Queens View yesterday evening and may have noticed a dark or blue Audi, or anything at all suspicious, to please get in touch."

The officer said the movements of the Audi before and after the attack were yet to be confirmed and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

He added: "This incident will understandably be causing concern amongst the local community and I would like to reassure people that we believe this to be an isolated incident which was targeted at the victim."

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