POLICE are on the hunt for a pair of thugs who stabbed a man in a Boxing Day assault.

Around 9.40 pm, a 27-year-old man was within a convenience store on Annsfield Road, Hamilton, when he became involved in an argument with two men.

When he left the shop a fight ensued between all three which resulted in the victim being stabbed.

He was taken by ambulance to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride where medical staff describe his condition as serious but stable.

The suspects were chased by members of the public but they managed to get away and ran into the Eddlewood area of the town.

The duo are both white and in their early 20s.

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One is described as having dark hair, 5ft10 to 6ft, of slim/medium build, wearing a dark long sleeved top and dark jeans or trousers.

While the other has short red hair, 5ft10 in height, of slim build and was wearing a distinctive white hooded jacket which had eyeholes in the hood.

Detective Constable Alan Hamilton, Cambuslang CID, said: “As far as we are aware, the injured man and the suspects did not know each other, however, for whatever reason, they seemed to have had words in the shop which led to the man being injured.

“Officers have been checking CCTV and speaking to people who came forward to help the man, however, we are still appealing for others who may have seen the fight or who may recognise the descriptions of the suspects to get in touch.

“The shop is on a busy street next to a pub and we know there were quite a few people around at the time. We also know that the suspects had been drinking outside the shop prior to the disturbance, so maybe someone saw them hanging about?

“If you have any information that will assist officers with their enquiries, then please call Hamilton Police Office via 101 quoting reference number 0096. Details can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”