A MAN has been stabbed in the stomach after he and a friend were assaulted follwing an argument with a passing couple.
The two victims were walking on a footpath between Knightsridge and the Houston Industrial Estate, Livingston, around 7.15pm yesterday when they passed a man and a woman and an unprovoked verbal dispute began.
This resulted in both men being assaulted, with the victims both punched and one suffering a puncture wound to his abdomen. It is not known what he was stabbed with.
He was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he continues to be treated for a non-life-threatening injury.
The other victim was not seriously injured during the attack.
Detectives are now keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area yesterday evening.
The male suspect was described as white, 6ft tall with a medium build and short brown hair. He was clean-shaven and wearing a black hooded waterproof jacket with zips on the front, black jeans or tracksuit bottoms and plain white trainers.
The female suspect is white, about 20yrs old, 5ft 5ins tall, with a skinny build, freckles on her face and black hair that was just past her shoulders. She and was wearing a black waterproof jacket with a high collar over a red/burgundy top, dark jeans and white trainers.
Detective Sergeant Paul Carroll said: “This incident has resulted in one male sustaining a painful injury to his abdomen and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the assaults taking place.
“Similarly, anyone who recognises the description of the suspects, or who has information that can assist with our enquiries is asked to contact police immediately.”
Those with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.