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Police search for men who attacked a man with metal poles before attempting to ram him with a car

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Police were today hunting three thugs who brutally assaulted a man before trying to run him over with a car.

A 39-year-old man was left with serious head and leg injuries following the incident in St Kilda’s Road, Dundee, on Sunday evening.

Three men were seen attacking the victim with metal poles or crowbars before getting into a red Volkswagen car and driving at the man.

One local resident said they aimed the vehicle at him twice as the man tried to crawl to safety.

Police said they were following a “positive line of inquiry”.

A spokesman for Police Scotland’s Tayside Division said: “Police Scotland is investigating an incident which took place on St Kilda Road, between 6.30pm and 7pm yesterday.

“A 39-year-old man was allegedly assaulted by three men who then left the area in a red Volkswagen car.

“The victim suffered head and leg injuries and was taken to Ninewells Hospital for treatment.

“Officers are following a positive line of inquiry and we would ask anyone with information which could assist the investigation to call 101 or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

One local resident said he saw the victim “crawling” to the roadside after the attack.

He said: “A local man was attacked by three youths who gout out of a car and assaulted him in the street.

“Then they got back in the car and I think they tried to run him over twice and then sped off.

“They were young, maybe late teens or early 20s, and I’d heard them arguing beforehand.

“Myself and another neighbour phoned the police and my husband went to help the man.

“He had to crawl across the road to get to safety – he couldn’t stand up.”

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