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Police appeal for witnesses after Chester stabbing
4:14pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
POLICE are appealing for witnesses and urging the public to remain vigilant after a man was stabbed in Chester.
Police say they are keeping an open mind regarding the motive for the attack but are considering the possibility it could be a hate crime.
The victim, a 35-year-old man from the Chester area, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being knifed in the chest on the City Walls on Monday, October 21.
A 57-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident has been eliminated from the investigation and inquiries are ongoing.
Detective Inspector Helen Spooner said: "While it is too early to say for sure that this is a hate crime, we do know that the area where this attack happened is a well known place that the gay community frequent, so we have to consider this as a possible motive.
"I must stress that I am keeping an open mind and there could be another motive behind the assault, but my priority at this stage is finding the man responsible for this viscous attack and ensuring the public know what has happened so they can be aware of their own safety.
"I am particularly keen to trace a group of people near to Iceland that were close to where the incident happened and may have vital information that could prove key to my investigation."
The suspect was aged in his early-20s, of slim build and wearing dark clothing. He was seen to run off along the walls after the attack.
Anyone with information should call Cheshire police on 101.