TWO people were attacked by a man armed with a machete in Greenock last night.

The shocking incident happened at a house in Bawhirley Road at about 10.30pm.

A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital after the tip of his finger was severed while a 32-year-old woman sustained minor injuries.

Police are treating the incident as a serious assault and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Neil Martin of Greenock CID said: “A serious assault occurred at 2230 last night at a house in Bawhirley Road.

“A male, described as 5ft 9 inches tall with a slim build and a hood up and possibly wearing a green jacket, appeared at the door in possession of a machete.

“He attacked the two householders, a 40-year-old male and a 32-year-old female.”

DS Martin said the male victim was taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital where he remains for treatment.

He added: “The male sustained a laceration to the left index finger which was severed at the tip and there is a possible fracture to his left hand.

“The female sustained some superficial cuts to her left hand.”

Police believe the incident is a targeted attack and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

DS Martin added: “We are currently checking CCTV and are making door to door enquiries.

“However this appears to be a targeted attack.

“Anyone with information is asked to phone Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”