Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Inverness city centre.
The incident happened at around 3am on Sunday (10 November) on Academy Street.
A 36-year-old man was assaulted, leaving him with a serious facial injury that required hospital treatment.
The suspect is described as a white man, around 5ft 9ins tall, in his early twenties, of slim build, with short brown hair. He was wearing black ‘Vans’ trainers, light coloured trousers and a dark long sleeved jumper with a zip half way down the front.
He spoke with a Liverpudlian accent and may have links to the Elgin area.
The suspect is believed to have been in the company of a second man and officers are eager to trace him as a witness. He is described as white, slightly taller in height, aged in his twenties, of slim build with longer dark coloured hair. He was wearing dark shoes, dark trousers and a dark shirt under a beige jacket.
Detective Constable Joanna Macleod from Inverness CID said: “As a result of this incident the victim has been left seriously injured and we are conducting a thorough investigation to trace the man responsible.
“He was in the company of a second man, and, despite the time of night, there still would have been people in the city centre area who may have witnessed the assault. We’re appealing to them, or anyone who witnessed the two men earlier in the evening and can help our inquiries, to come forward.
“We’d ask anyone who can help us identify and trace the man responsible to get in contact with officers as soon as possible.”
Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0768 of 10, November 2019. Alternatively a report can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.