A TEENAGER has been taken to the hospital after a 'knife attack' at a reservoir where a large group of youths were hanging around.

The 17-year-old has been treated at Monklands Hospital where he was later released following the serious assault on Saturday night.

Police say the boy was pounced on at a reservoir near to the Heatherbell railway crossing between Townhead and Glenboig near Coatbridge between 8pm and 9pm.

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They believe his attackers used a knife or sharp instrument. This left the victim with serious injuries to his back and face.

CID who are investigating believe there was a group of people around at the time and officers are keen to speak to two teenagers in particular.

They are both described as between 14 and 17 years old. One is 5ft 5 inches, of skinny build and had short dark hair with a longer fringe at the front. He was wearing a bright orange top and glasses.

The second was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit with a hood and may have had a black eye.

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Detective Constable Nicola Bonnar, of Coatbridge CID, said: “This is believed to have been an unprovoked attack that has left a 17-year-old with serious injuries that required hospital treatment.

“There were a large number of youths in the area at the time and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or knows the two teenagers described.

“If you can help with our enquiries then please contact us on 101, quoting incident 2189 of Sunday, 29 August, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”