A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing which detectives suspect may have been a homophobic attack.
A 35-year-old man from Chester was attacked and stabbed in the chest on the City Walls near the Kaleyards at about 9.20pm on Monday.
He was rushed to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and he is continuing to be treated.
Detectives arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder at an address in Station Road, Ellesmere Port in the early hours of Thursday.
The area where the stabbing took place is a well-known meeting place for gay people and police are not ruling out the possibility the stabbing could be a gay hate crime.
A 57-year-old man from Chester was initially arrested but he has since been released and eliminated from the investigation.
Detectives issued a description of a man seen running off along the City Walls following the attack.
He was described as a white, aged in his early 20s, of slim build and was wearing dark clothing.
Police have moved to reassure the community following the stabbing and have stepped up patrols.
Anyone who has any information about the stabbing or who saw anything unusual at the time has been urged to come forward.
Chief Insp Richard Rees urged people to remain vigilant and reiterated that violence of this nature was extremely rare in Chester.
He said: “This is clearly a very serious and concerning incident but I want to reassure the community of Chester that this is an isolated attack and we have, and will continue to step up patrols in the area so that anyone that has any concerns or information can speak to an officer.
“I would always encourage people to continue to follow basic safety advice and be aware of your surroundings and always tell someone where you are going and when you are due to be back.”
Anyone with any information in relation to the stabbing is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 994 of October 21.
Alternatively, information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.