Police Scotland have launched an appeal for witnesses after two cyclists were attacked with one being stabbed on a cycle track in Kilbarchan in which appears to be an unprovoked attack.

A group of up to eight men approached two others who were cycling on the path resulting in an altercation which led to the cyclists being injured.

A 37-year-old man suffered a number of serious injuries, including stab wounds. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for treatment. The other cyclist, a 29-year-old man also suffered facial injuries was also taken to the same hospital for treatment and has since been released.

The incident happened near Nether Johnstone Small Holdings on Milliken Road shortly after 10.20pm yesterday.

Detective Inspector Ian Ross of Renfrewshire CID, said: “This attack appears to have been unprovoked and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those responsible.

“Anyone who was in the area on Wednesday evening and may have seen or heard a disturbance or who has any other information is urged to come forward.

“Anyone who can help our enquiries can call 101, quoting incident 4285 of 27 May, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”