Police are investigating a brutal bottle attack outside a Perth supermarket.
A young man was seriously injured during a fracas in the city’s North Muirton early on Sunday.
He is understood to have been part of a group of 50 to 60 people who were celebrating an 18th birthday.
Operators received a 999 call about an apparent stabbing in Argyll Road, at the rear of a Co-op outlet, just after 1am.
The area, which is used as a bus terminus, was cordoned off throughout Sunday, while forensic teams combed for clues.
Evidence markers were placed on the ground next to broken bottles and smashed glass.
The group of young men and women had been celebrating at the nearby Mallard Bar on Saturday.
Revellers said the party was in good spirits, with no reports of trouble. The pub closed at midnight, and the party spilled outside.
Neighbours said there were dozens of people standing in the street after closing time.
“We had our windows open because of the heat,” one resident said. “The racket from outside was keeping us awake.
“It seemed good natured at first, but then there was a lot of raised voices and swearing.”
He said: “I didn’t see what happened, but next thing I knew there were blue flashing lights everywhere.”
A spokesman for the Mallard Bar stressed that the pub was shut when the assault happened.
He said: “We are aware of an incident that occurred on Argyll road, nearby the Mallard Bar.
“We were closed at the time of the incident however we will assist Police Scotland in whatever way we can with their enquiries.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said that enquiries were ongoing.
“We are in attendance at Argyll Road in Perth in relation to an investigation into an assault.
“The area has been cordoned off to the public to allow enquiries to take place.”
The victim’s details or information about his condition have not been released.
The area, at the centre of a housing estate, is well covered by CCTV.