News HIGHS AND LOWS COUNCIL LEADER GEORGE DUGGINS LOOKS BACK AT EVENTS IN
THE tragic deaths of Corey and Casper Platt-May, fatal stabbings, and the ongoing Ricoh Arena row have been highlighted among Coventry’s biggest concerns from 2018.
The death of young brothers Corey and Casper in a hit-and-run in February was “one of the worst situations this year”, Coventry City Council leader Councillor George Duggins said.
Stabbings, including the deaths of 16-year-old Jaydon James and Fidel Glasgow, have also highlighted a need for partnership working between the police, council and schools, he added.
But successful music festivals in Coventry, being named as the UK’s European City of Sport for 2019, and work on new sports facilities are among the positives from the year, Cllr Duggins said.
The authority’s leader picked out a number of pluses and positives for the city when looking back on 2018.
Brothers Corey, six, and two-yearold Casper, were hit by a car which was driving at more than 60mph on February 22.
The tragic incident led to the council agreeing to spend £120,000 on a road safety scheme in Longfellow Road following petitions of more than 4,600 signatures.
Cllr Duggins said: “We were all touched in February by the tragic loss of Casper and Corey Platt-May. That impacted on everything.
“I can remember the next day myself and the Lord Mayor went to sign the condolences book at the cathedral – there was a city in grieving.
“That was one of the worst situations that we have had this year and I think that is something that everybody in the city felt was the case.”
Drug driver, Robert Brown, 53, was jailed for 10 and a half years, and found dead in prison on Christmas Day.
Schoolboy Jaydon James was stabbed to death just before midnight on Saturday, November 24, while out with friends in Deedmore Road, Wood End. His death was the third in 2018 that came as a result of an incident involving a knife in Coventry.
Daniel Kennell died after being found with serious injuries in Wyken in July and Fidel Glasgow, the grandson of Coventry ska legend Neville Staple, died after he was stabbed outside Club M in September.
Cllr Duggins said: “The recent stabbings in the city is a major concern and we sent condolences as both myself and the Lord Mayor.
“This is concerning and there is a need for partnership working between ourselves, police, schools and anyone else who believes they can help address this particular issue.
“It is sad and a tragic loss of young lives.”
The row over the Ricoh Arena carried on this year as Coventry City’s owners Sisu continued their legal challenge over the council’s stadium sale.
Sisu claim the city council undervalued the site by £27m when it was sold to Wasps in 2014.
Coventry City’s agreement to play at the stadium comes to an end this season, and Wasps insist they won’t enter into talks unless the club’s owners cease their legal action against them.