A TEENAGER was found battered and injured by passers-by after being attacked in Bellshill at the weekend.
The 17-year-old was discovered with serious injuries near a lane at Sandy Park, close to Noble Road, around 10pm on Sunday.
He was rushed to Monklands Hospital where he received treatment for cuts to his head and face, as well as fracturing to his hands.
Police say the attack could be linked to feuds between families in the town and have also launched an investigation into another incident which took place a few hours later on Belvidere Crescent.
It is thought the teenager was attacked by four people who were armed with weapons and wearing dark clothing.
Officers believe they then made off in two cars which were parked on Noble Road.
The cars are said to be similar to a dark coloured VW Passat and a dark coloured Vauxhall Vectra, with one being an estate.
A few hours later, around 1.30am on Monday morning, a house on Belvidere Crescent had windows smashed.
It is said three men arrived at the house in a silver, X-registration, Ford Focus.
They were all wearing light coloured clothing with hoods pulled up, and are reported to have been carrying weapons which were then used to break the windows.
Bellshill Area Commander, Chief Inspector Rosie Wright, said high visibility patrols would be carried out in the area.
She said: “We are aware of recent incidents involving local families in the Bellshill area who appear to be feuding with one another.
“I want to assure the local community that we are doing everything we can to trace and apprehend the people involved in the weekend’s incidents.
“I would also like to send a strong message to those involved in these recent incidents that police are acting on intelligence and information and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to ensure that you are traced and apprehended for this disorderly conduct.
“My officers will do everything they can to prevent crime, detect those responsible for committing crimes and to keep our communities safe.”
Information regarding either of these incidents can be reported to Bellshill CID on 01698 202400 or Crimestoppers free and confidentially on 0800 555 111.