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We are investigating following a racially-aggravated assault in Liverpool City Centre in the early hours of this morning, Saturday 5 June.
At around 5.40am, emergency services were called to Sir Thomas Street to reports of two men in their 20s being found injured. The first victim received suspected stab wounds and has been taken to hospital where his condition is stable. The second victim received a chest injury from an unknown weapon and is also in a stable condition in hospital.
Early accounts indicate that two men chased the victims from Cheapside towards Dale Street, and that racial abuse was directed towards the victims.
CCTV, witness and forensics enquiries are ongoing and cordons are in place in the area of Cheapside and the junction of Dale Street and Sir Thomas Street.
The suspects are described as white and in their 20s, and witness enquiries are ongoing to confirm more details.
Detective Inspector Laura Parr said: “We’re looking to establish exactly what happened and speak to anyone in the vicinity of the location who saw the victims being chased or the incident itself. If you live or work locally, please check CCTV, dashcam and any other devices as a small detail or image could be vital.
“Such violence will have been shocking to witness, and exacerbated by what we believe were racially abusive comments. We will always thoroughly investigate serious violence and hate crime, and do everything within our powers to ensure that those responsible are put before the courts. Tell us what you know and we will take action.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000392675. You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.