Appeal to trace mountain bike “vital" to murder investigation
Detectives investigating the murder of Babacar Diagne in Coventry are appealing for help to trace a bike the teenager was riding on the day of his death.
The 15-year-old was found with fatal stab wounds in a park off Petitor Crescent, Wood End, last Wednesday evening (5 Feb).
We now know Babacar had been riding a black-and-green Ammaco mountain bike in the area before he was attacked and had cycled into the park where he was found collapsed just after 7pm.
However, the bike was taken before officers were called to cordon off the scene and it’s not since been recovered.
We’ve issued an image of the bike and our lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths has urged anyone who knows where it is, or has seen anyone riding it in the last week, to get in touch.
He said: “This could be a vital piece of evidence and I would urge anyone with information to contact us immediately. Callers don’t need to leave their names or contact details if they prefer not to…we just want information to help us trace the bike."
Three teenagers − two boys aged 15 and a 17-year-old lad − have now been charged with Babacar’s murder. The older suspect was due in court today while the others have already appeared and been remanded into secure youth detention.
It’s a week to the day since Babacar was killed and police officers will be in and around the Petitor Crescent area between 6-8pm in the hope of finding new witnesses or gathering information.
Det Chief Insp Griffiths added: “We know Babacar was by Riley Court shopping precinct shortly before he cycled into the park so we will be speaking to local people and passers-by to see if they were in the area at the same time last week and saw anything suspicious.
“We’ve charged three people but this case is by no means closed. We are still actively appealing for information and witnesses to come forward to help us secure justice for Babacar and his family and friends."
Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.