A man has sustained significant head injuries following an unprovoked attack outside a pub by men wearing Christmas jumpers.
The attack took place near the Mill Inn in Thornhill Road at around 7.45pm on Tuesday, December 22 and police are looking for two men in connection with the assault.
The suspects entered the pub with a larger group of people, possibly on a works Christmas night out, and spoke to the victim at the bar before he left the pub.
The two men followed the victim outside and carried out what officers describe as a vicious assault before fleeing the scene.
The injured man, who is in his forties, then had to be taken by ambulance to Forth Valley Royal Hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged.
Police are appealing for information from the public in relation to the attack.
Detective Inspector Jim Thomson, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a particularly violent attack, which has left the victim with significant injuries.
“We are appealing for any persons who were in the area of the Mill Inn pub in Thronhill Road about 7.45pm on Tuesday, December 22 and may have seen this incident to come forward or phone Crimestoppers.
“We believe the two males responsible to be part of a much larger group who were out, possibly on a works night out. They were all wearing Christmas jumpers and had been at other pubs in the immediate area beforehand.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.