Teenager scarred for life after Kelvingrove attack

21 April 2019, 08:49 | Updated: 21 April 2019, 08:59

Police Scotland

A teenage boy has been left "permanently scarred" after being attacked in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park.

The 16-year-old was with a girl, also 16, near the entrance to Kelvin Way at 8pm on Friday when they were approached by a large group of teenagers.

One of the group started attacking the pair and the boy sustained a number of injuries to his face.

He was treated at the city's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

A teenager in the group who was riding a black BMX bike is described as being aged about 15, 5ft 5in and of slim build with short, shaved blonde hair. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

Officers are also looking to identify the other members of the group.

Detective Constable Stephen Palmer said: "This attack has left a teenager with a serious injury which will leave him permanently scarred.

"Violence will not be tolerated in our communities and it is vital that we find the person responsible for this.

"At this time we do not know exactly why this altercation took place and we are appealing for anyone who knows anything about it to get in touch with police.

"There is a playpark near to where this incident took place which people would have been using at the time.

"Somebody must have seen something."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101, quoting incident number 4634 of Friday April 19, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Four other teenagers were arrested in a separate incident following a mass disturbance at the park hours before.

Police were called to a green space in the park at around 4.30pm after reports of an incident involving a "large number" of people.

Two boys, both aged 16, were treated in hospital for cuts and concussion.

On Saturday, Police Scotland confirmed four teenagers aged 14 to 17 were arrested and charged with public order offences.

The 17-year-old boy was also charged with assault.

Earlier on Friday, police had posted on social media urging people to enjoy the park "responsibly", saying that weather was forecast to be "nice" over the weekend and that extra patrols would be in place.

Temperatures in the city on Friday peaked at 21.9C (71.4F) at around 2.30pm.