A LATE-night dog walker has been left needing plastic surgery after his nose was almost bitten off in a horror attack.
The 24-year-old victim – who hasn’t been named – desperately tried to fight off the stranger who sank his teeth into his face.
He was rushed to hospital following the random and unprovoked assault which left a gaping wound so serious that he faces weeks of treatment and will be scarred for life.
The dog walker was out with his pet at around 11.30pm last Thursday on a footpath between Craig Avenue and West Main Street, in Whitburn, when the attacker – who was wearing a blue baseball cap – pounced.
The attacker is believed to be Eastern European and was in the company of two other men and a woman, who detectives investigating the attack are desperate to trace.
Police have now launched an appeal for witnesses who may have seen the incident on the 200-metre path which runs through a large grassy area overlooked by five blocks of flats.
The suspect has been described as white and aged between 25 and 30 with short dark hair.
He was about 5ft 10in tall with a stocky build, was clean shaven and spoke with an Eastern European accent.
He was wearing a blue baseball cap, a navy and white tracksuit top and dark jeans.
Councillor George Paul, Labour member for Whitburn and Blackburn and executive councillor for services for the community at West Lothian Council, said he was shocked to hear about the brutal assault.
“This was a particularly nasty attack,” he said.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact Police Scotland as a matter of urgency.”
Officers have been conducting inquiries in the area and have called on anyone who might have information to come forward.
Detective Constable Jo McCall from Police Scotland’s Livingston CID said: “Our investigation to trace the male responsible for this vicious attack is ongoing.
“Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around Craig Avenue last Thursday night is urged to come forward.
“The victim suffered serious and painful injuries to his face and will have to return to hospital for further treatment.
“This appears to have been a random and unprovoked assault.
“I would like to hear from anyone who saw the suspect, who is believed to have been with two other males and a female at the time.”
DC McCall added: “In addition, anyone with any further information relevant to this inquiry should also contact police immediately.”
Police Scotland can be reached on 101 and Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.