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Third teenager arrested on suspicion of Coventry murder

A third teenage boy has been arrested this morning (10 February) as officers investigate the murder of Babacar Diagne. 

The 17-year-old was arrested in Coventry shortly before 10am today and taken into custody to be questioned. 

Detectives have been working round the clock since Babacar was found collapsed on grassland off Petitor Crescent, Wood End, at around 7pm on Wednesday. He had been stabbed. 

It’s understood that he was attacked by three black males who arrived at the murder scene on pedal cycles. The reason behind the attack still remains unclear, but homicide detectives are working on a number of possible motives.

Police have secured an additional 12 hours to continue to question a 15-year-old girl who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder yesterday. Two other 15-year-old boys, arrested on suspicion of murder last week, remain in police detention for questioning after police were granted court extensions yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths from our Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. He said: “We’ve made fantastic progress but my team will continue to work around the clock until we are satisfied we have caught everyone involved in this awful attack.

“We have arrested 11 people to date, however I am still urging anyone who suspects they know who was involved, or saw anything suspicious near Petitor Crescent on Wednesday night, to please get in touch.

“The people responsible do not deserve protection. They have killed a child and we all collectively need to make a stand to show this is not acceptable." 

If anyone was driving through the Petitor Crescent area between 6-8pm on Wednesday and has dash-cam footage then we’d also ask them to get in touch on 101 or message us on Live Chat via the website.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 100% anonymous always - tell them what you know, not who you are.

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