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Girl, 15, is latest arrest in murder probe after stabbing of Babacar Diagne, 15, on Coventry grassland

Editorial Correspondent 10th Feb, 2020 Updated: 10th Feb, 2020

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder as part of the police’s ongoing investigation to trace the killers of Babacar Diagne in Coventry.

She was arrested just before 10.30am yesterday morning (Sunday).

She was taken into custody and questioned over her involvement in the stabbing.

Two 15-year-old boys, arrested last week, remained in custody yesterday after officers were granted court extensions allowing them extra time to question them on suspicion of murder.

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

Police say it is understood understood he was attacked by three black males who arrived on pedal cycles.

The reason behind the attack still remains unclear, say police, who are working on a number of possible motives.

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

“Although we’ve already made 10 arrests to date, 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, the police 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.

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