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By Nigel Slater Thursday 20 December 2012 Updated: 20/12 13:21
A BARMAN is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed at an Evesham pub last night (Wednesday).
Police were called to Chancers in Vine Street about 11.25pm after the staff member was assaulted by a man armed with a knife. He suffered a serious wound to his hand and forearm.
The man's attacker managed to escape from the bar and is still on the run despite a significant number of police officers searching for him overnight in the town centre.
Police, who are urging any witnesses to come forward immediately, were unable to release a full description of the attacker but confirmed he did receive a head injury during the assault which may stand out.
Detective Inspector Mark Loader, who is leading the investigation, said: "I want to reassure local residents that an armed assault of this kind is very unusual for Evesham. We believe it was an isolated incident that may relate to an altercation that occurred earlier in the bar.
"Obviously, our priority is to find the man responsible for the attack and we would like anyone who has any information that could help, to contact West Mercia Police immediately.
"We would particularly like to hear from customers at Chancers last night who saw any part of this incident and have yet to speak to the police, as well as anyone who has encountered a man with an unexplained head wound.
"While we continue our search and investigation in Evesham, local uniformed officers will be conducting extra high-visibility reassurance patrols in the town centre, so anyone going out tonight may see an increased police presence.
"Officers will also be looking to identify any further potential witnesses, so if you have information, please feel free to speak to them about what you may have seen."
Anyone with information should contact Det Insp Loader on the non-emergency police number 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
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