Police are hunting three men after a reveller was left with a facial injury in a city centre street attack.
The 21-year-old victim was enjoying a night out with friends in Aberdeen city centre when he was set upon on by several men at the junction of Schoolhill and Back Wynd.
After suffering the injury in the assault on July 15 at 3.20am, the man managed to go home but was persuaded to go to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment that afternoon.
He was allowed home after being seen by a team of doctors.
Now police have released more details of the incident in the hope witnesses will come forward and help catch the culprits.
PC Eamonn Ryan, of the divisional alcohol violence reduction unit, said: “This incident has resulted in the victim sustaining a serious facial injury which required hospital treatment.
“It goes without saying the consequences could have been far worse.”
PC Ryan, who is leading the inquiry into the attack, added: “There is no excuse for violent behaviour of any kind and incidents like this will be taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated.”
Police have studied CCTV footage of the moments before and after the attack. They want to speak with three men who were in the area at the time and were seen walking towards Harriet Street.
All of the men are aged in their late teens to early 20s.
The first is 6ft tall, of slim build with dark hair in a fringe. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a logo on the left side of the chest, black trousers and black trainers.
The second is 5ft 10in, of slim build with dark hair. He was wearing a black polo shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes.
The third is 5ft 9in, of slim build with dark hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark trousers and white trainers.
PC Ryan said: “Although the assault happened in the early hours of the morning, the area would have been busy with people coming out of bars and clubs, perhaps buying food before getting a taxi home.
“We are urging anyone with information or who saw anything unusual or suspicious or recognises the description of the three men to contact us on 101.”