Police are looking for ‘The Joker’ after a man sustained serious facial injuries during an unprovoked assault in Aberdeen city centre.
The 20-year-old was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the attack, which happened at Langstane Place near Bon Accord Street at around 11.30pm on Saturday night.
Investigating officers want to trace a man was dressed as the “The Joker” from Batman.
He is described as being around 5ft10-11 tall, in his 20s, of a stocky build who switched between having dyed green curly hair and wearing a long black curly wig.
He was wearing white face paint including a lipstick smile along his cheeks, a purple suit jacket and trousers, white shirt and black shoes.
PC Eamonn Ryan, of the Divisional Alcohol Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU) said: “I appreciate the bizarre circumstances surrounding this incident, however the reality is this person carried out a brutal, unprovoked attack on a member of the public and they need to be held accountable for their actions.
“Do you know anyone who went out for Halloween weekend dressed as The Joker? Did you see this person on Saturday night and have information which could assist in tracing him?
“We believe he entered the city-centre from the Rosemount direction at around 8pm before heading to a bar on Belmont Street where he socialised with two other men – one dressed in a black cape and the other a grey boiler-suit with a mask and a wig.
“From there he went to a bar at Langstane Place at around 10.20pm near where the assault took place. Following this the same suspect has attempted to fight with other people in the Langstane Place area and also outside a fast food restaurant across from St Nicholas Cemetery. He was last seen heading in the direction of Bon Accord Street before heading back to Rosemount.
“Just one punch can have fatal consequences and I don’t think I need to stress that violent behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. It is extremely disappointing that what was meant to be a night of fun has resulted in a person being seriously injured and we need the public’s help to trace this person.
“I would urge anyone with information to please contact Police on 101 quoting ref no. 1242 of Oct 29, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”