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Prayers for Gloucester stabbing victim, named locally as Martin Stokes

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

  • Police at the scene of the double stabbing in Nettleton Road, Gloucester, yesterday.

  • The flats where the incident took place.

DETECTIVES investigating a double stabbing have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 51-year-old Gloucester man was detained on Tuesday. A 47-year-old man arrested earlier has been released without charge.

A 30-year-old male is said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital after two men suffered stab wounds in the city.

The 30-year-old, named locally as Martin Stokes, has received messages of support from friends who are praying for a speedy recovery.

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Yesterday officers were taking away evidence bags from a home in Nettleton Road, Gloucester, and the area around it remained sealed off.

Officers were called to the incident at around 8.55pm on Monday and discovered two men, aged 30 and 47, who had both suffered stab wounds.

They were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but Mr Stokes was later transferred to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol.

It is understood he lost an eye in the stabbing.

On the Gloucester Citizen's Facebook page friends said they were thinking of Mr Stokes.

Rayne Jones posted: "Praying for you Martin Stokes, my mate, and your family.

"You're so strong and can pull through this I just know you can.

"You have never made me sad only happy so let's keep it that way hun."

Samantha Musa posted: "Come on Martin, we all know the strong character you are."

The 47-year-old man was discharged from hospital and then arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He has now been released without charge.

The 51-year-old Gloucester man was subsequently detained on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody while inquiries continue.

Detectives are eager to hear from anyone who was in the area or at the scene at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident 418 of January 13.

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