Man repeatedly stabbed by robbers in Leicester

Scene of attack
Image caption Police said there were a number of people around as the victim fled the scene

A 58-year-old man was stabbed several times after trying to escape from robbers in Leicester.

The victim was walking with another man on the towpath near St Margarets Pastures when four men demanded they hand over cash and their mobile phones.

One gave the robbers cigarettes, while the second refused and tried to escape, but he was chased and stabbed in the legs and lower body.

He is in a stable condition in hospital following the attack early on Sunday.

Det Insp Simon Preston, of Leicestershire Police, said: "This could have been a very nasty incident but fortunately the victim is making a good recovery in hospital.

'Bloodied clothes'

"As he scrambled up the embankment he came out onto St Margarets Way and there were a large number of people in the area possibly making their way home from a Saturday night out, or on their way to do an early shift at work."

Anyone who saw a group of three or four men in the towpath area at about 0100 GMT should contact police or Crimestoppers.

Det Insp Preston added: "This man's attacker could have returned home with blood on their clothing.

"Are you a wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or family member of someone who was out on Saturday night who came home with blood on their clothes?"

The Leicestershire force said any information received would be treated confidentially.

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