A man had to receive hospital treatment at the weekend after an unprovoked attack left him with a broken jaw. 

The 20-year-old man was outside a bar on Main Street at around 11.15pm on Saturday evening before the incident happened. 

He bent down to help his friend who had been punched by a man who ran over from the opposite side of the road before a second man came across from the road and struck a blow to his face.

He managed to make his way to hospital where he received treatment for serious facial injuries.

Officers are now appealing to the public and drivers in the area to come forward, as it is understood vehicles had to swerve around the altercation. 

Detective David Williamson, Coatbridge CID, said: "As far as we are aware, this was a totally unprovoked attack in which this young man's jaw was broken. He required extensive medical treatment and was only yesterday able to report the assault to police.

"At the moment the attacker is only described as a white man in his early 20s.  Officers are checking CCTV from the area which shows a large group of people outside the pub and the disturbance spilling on to the street. 

"A number of cars and taxis can be seen having to swerve to avoid the disturbance and so I would appeal to the drivers, especially those with dashcams, to get in touch with police if they think they may have information or footage that will help officers with their investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coatbridge CID via 101 quoting reference number 3248/25/20.  Alternatively, details can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.