Three men sought over late-night stabbing outside Margate pub
POLICE are hunting three men after a former bar owner was stabbed outside a Margate pub.
Andy Gerrard, 48, was knifed outside the Ruby Lounge pub in The Parade on Saturday night.
Mr Gerrard is the former landlord of Bar 26 in Marine Parade, Margate and was in a stable condition at Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
The attack happened shortly before 11.30pm on Saturday night as the pub was closing its doors for the night.
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After Mr Gerrard told the men the pub had closed, one of the trio pulled a knife from his sock and stabbed him.
The wounded former heavyweight boxer, who was leaving the pub with his wife and sister, grabbed a chair to fend off the assault as the attacker waved a knife at his face.
The knifeman then ran off down Duke Street and through Queen's Arms Yards.
Police found the 3in kitchen knife discarded in Market Street outside The Doggett Coat & Badge pub.
The trio are described as men in their late teens or early 20s.
The attacker is white, 5ft 9in tall and was wearing a blue bodywarmer over a white T-shirt, jeans and black trainers.
The second man is white, 5ft 11in, fair-haired and wore a grey Adidas tracksuit.
The third man is black, slim, 5ft 10in and wore a shiny blue bodywarmer over a white T-shirt, black trousers and trainers.
Mr Gerrard had been celebrating the birth of a friend's baby at the pub before the attack.
The Ruby Lounge recently reopened after a refurbishment.
Police are looking at CCTV footage in the Old Town as the attacker ran off via Market Street.
Anyone with information about the incident should call Kent Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.