Colchester pensioner stabbing: Man has charges dropped

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Image caption A man charged with the attempted murder of a pensioner in Colchester will face no further action, police said

A man charged with attempted murder after a pensioner was stabbed in his back garden in Essex will face no further action, police have revealed.

John Sales, 70, was attacked in Hythe Hill, Colchester, on 10 November.

A Crown Prosecution Service review found there was insufficient evident to continue its case against Stuart Pain, 40, of Sydney Street, Brightlingsea.

Essex Police said it remained "determined to identify the man responsible for this horrific attack".

Det Ch Insp Marina Ericson said officers were particularly keen to speak to a man described as "white, tall and wearing camouflage trousers and a green top".

She added: "The victim is thankfully making a good recovery. We have been keeping his family fully informed of developments as our investigation progresses."

The force wants to hear from anyone with any information, particularly those in the Hythe Hill and Port Lane area, between 16:30 and 19:30 GMT on 10 November.

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