Shocking footage has emerged of two men being 'brutally' battered in Bellshill at the weekend.

Now specialist police have launched an appeal for witnesses after the men were left unconscious and needing hospital treatment.

The vicious assault happened around 11.25pm on Saturday, when the 22 and 24-year-old victims were walking along Hamilton Road near to the Bellmill Hotel.

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Video footage shows the victims being approached by a group of men who proceeded to assault them.

Brutal pictures show punches and kicks raining down on a man as he lies on the ground.

A woman tries to intervene and the man stands up and kicks his victim on the head before walking off.

The rammy broke out near the Belmill Hotel and the Carousel bar in Bellshill

Four men and a woman can be seen standing in the street while the fight takes place.

One man comes back to check on the victim, who is lying completely still on the road as cars drive past.

Both men were taken to Wishaw General for treatment to serious facial injuries.

The group of men involved were wearing white T-shirts and dark coloured shorts.

DC Mark McNab told Lanarkshire Live : “This was a brutal assault and the group involved are not thought to be known to the victims.

"However, there appears to have been some sort of verbal altercation with a man beforehand.

“This type of violence will not be tolerated and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and either witnessed what happened, or anything else of significance, to please get in touch.

“I would also urge any motorists with dash-cams who were driving through at the time to check their footage in case they have captured the incident or suspects."

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident should call police on 101.

Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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