Chester city walls stabbing 'may have been hate crime'

A man who was stabbed in the chest in Chester may have been the victim of a "hate crime", police have said.

The 35-year-old from Chester is in a serious but stable condition after the attack on the city walls on Monday.

Cheshire Police's Det Insp Helen Spooner said the area was "a well-known place that the gay community frequent" so hate crime was a "possible motive".

A 57-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the stabbing has since been eliminated from inquiries.

Ms Spooner said that "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."

A police spokeswoman said that the attacker was described as a white man, in his early 20s, slim, wearing dark clothing and was seen to run off along the walls after the attack.

She added that the force wanted to hear from a group of people who were seen near an Iceland store close to the attack.

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