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Easingwold stabbing may have been 'racially motivated'

Street cordoned off with police tape
Image caption Police have cordoned off the scene in Easingwold

A man found stabbed to death in a crashed van may have been the victim of a race attack, police say.

Mohammed Saleem Khan, 36, from Luton, was in a van which crashed on Long Street, Easingwold, on Sunday.

A murder inquiry was launched after it was discovered he had been stabbed.

A 26-year-old man has been held on suspicion of murder. A woman, 20, and two men, aged 21 and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Det Ch Insp Heather Pearson, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "At this time there is information that has come in to the investigation team that would suggest there may have been a racial element to the attack.

"It is early in the investigation and I am keeping an open mind."

Det Ch Insp Pearson said an off-duty police officer had discovered the white Ford Transit with Mr Khan inside after it had crashed into traffic bollards on Long Street at around 02:30 BST.

Mr Khan, who had been delivering shower parts in the area, was severely injured and was taken to hospital where he died later.

It was during the post-mortem examination that fatal stab wounds to his neck were discovered.

Det Ch Insp Pearson said: "It does look as if he had a delivery planned for Easingwold over the weekend. We've yet to establish if he made that delivery and I am keen to identify his movements from 19:00 BST on Saturday until his van was found in the early hours of Sunday."

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