Officers from Crewe CID are appealing for witnesses to a stabbing in the town over the weekend.
The incident happened on Nantwich Road at around 3am on Sunday 16 June.
The 29-year-old victim was walking along the road towards Salisbury Avenue when he was approached by three males.
One of the males tried to engage him in conversation, which he ignored. The male then attacked him but began to be overpowered.
At that point one of the other males also attacked the victim, stabbing him a number of times.
The offenders then ran off towards Smallman Road.
A short time later one of the males returned to Nantwich Road before running into Bedford Street.
The victim received minor injuries as a result of the incident. He was taken to hospital via ambulance and has since been discharged.
Three teenage boys from Crewe – two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old – have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the incident.
Detective Sergeant Steve Smith said: “We are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or anything else that may aid our investigation, to get in touch.
“We are also appealing for any CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to our investigation.
“This seems to have been an unprovoked attack and we are determined to establish who was responsible and make them face the consequences of their actions.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help the ongoing investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 429512. Alternatively you can submit information online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.
To submit dashcam footage visit www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.