Taxi driver asked to come forward after stabbing in Leicester leaves man in critical condition

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

Two people who were arrested after a man was seriously assaulted in the Braunstone Gate area of Leicester continue to be questioned by detectives.

Taxi drivers in the area are being asked to recall whether they picked up a group of possibly seven people from Market Street before dropping off on Braunstone Gate.

The incident was reported just after 2.05am on Sunday 23 August, after what is believed to be an argument between a group of people resulted in the victim being stabbed.

The 22-year-old victim was taken to University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire where he remains in a critical condition.

A 20-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of attempted murder. They remain in police custody where detectives continue to question them.

Braunstone Gate was closed off to allow officers to carry out a search and examination of the area. It has since been re-opened.

Detective Inspector Kenny Henry from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said:  “We continue to investigate the assault and the circumstances leading up to it. 

“A young man is lying in hospital with serious injuries and we need to know exactly what happened during the early hours of yesterday morning.

“Initial reports suggest that there may have been an argument between a group of people. It’s also believed a group of possibly seven people got a taxi from Market Street to Braunstone Gate just before 2am yesterday. If you recall picking up a fare in this location then we need to speak to you.

“We would ask anyone who was in the area and hasn’t yet spoken to officers to get in touch.  Did you capture any footage of the incident or the events leading up to it on your mobile phone? If so, we need to speak to you.

“We know the area was busy at the time and there were vehicles driving around, if you were in the area and have video recording equipment installed in your vehicle, please check the footage and get in touch if you captured any part of the incident.

“Also, if you have any information about the circumstances leading up to the assault get in touch. Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help us move this investigation on.”

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