POLICE in Forth Valley have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to trace as part of an ongoing investigation into a serious assault last year.

The incident happened at around 12.15am on Sunday, December 3, 2017 in the Princes Street area of Falkirk, near to the junction with Park Street.

A 27-year-old man was punched to the face, sustaining serious facial injuries which required hospital treatment.

Officers are eager to trace the man pictured who they believe may be able to help with their investigations.

He is described as white, aged around 20-years-old, around 6ft tall and was wearing a grey Fred Perry top with a blue and red trim. He had dark coloured hair which was shaven at the sides and longer on top.

Detective Constable Carolyn Alexander, of Falkirk CID, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack and we are keen to trace the man pictured.

“I would ask anyone who recognises him and can help us trace is current whereabouts to get in touch.

“Equally if the man pictured sees this appeal we would urge him to contact officers as soon as possible.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting incident number 117 of December 3, 2017. Alternatively a report can be submitted anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.