A MAN was left with potentially life-changing injuries after being slashed in the face with a bladed weapon in Pinehurst.

The victim, in his 20s, was taken to hospital after the incident, which happened at around 11pm on Monday night and involved two groups of young men who are thought to be known to each other.

A 19-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and has since been released on conditional bail.

Detective Sergeant Scott Anger, from Swindon CID, said: "We believe the assault happened on Pinehurst Road at the footpath crossing near to the local brook and we are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area and witnessed a disturbance between two groups of males who are aged in late teens/early twenties.

"We would ask anyone with information about this incident to call us.

"This was a serious assault which has left a man with potentially life-changing injuries and we need to speak to anyone who might be able to assist with our enquiries."

People can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.