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BORDERS police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault in Peebles.

The incident happened around 1.40am on Sunday, September 11 outside The County Bar on the High Street. 

A 49-year-old man challenged three males about their behaviour towards his wife while they had all been inside the bar, at which point the group attacked him. 

As a result, the victim sustained serious facial injuries and was taken to Borders General Hospital where he continues to be treated. 

Officers are currently following a positive line of inquiry, but are keen to speak with anyone who can assist with their ongoing inquiries. 

Detective Constable Callum Peoples from Galashiels CID said: "The victim has sustained a number of painful injuries to his face during the attack, which we believe was witnessed by a number of people.

“We are actively pursuing various lines of inquiry to trace those responsible and anyone with information relevant to this ongoing investigation is asked to contact police immediately." 

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.