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Teenager arrested over knifepoint carjacking in Coventry

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of committing a knifepoint carjacking in Coventry.

Police were called to Charminster Drive in Stivichall at 2pm yesterday (12 March) following reports of drug dealing.

Upon arrival they arrested a 17-year-old boy from a white Hyundai, and found him to be in possession of a lock-knife whilst a significant quantity of drugs was seized from the car.

Enquiries revealed the vehicle was running on clone plates and had been stolen during a robbery at 12.30pm on 3 March on Raleigh Road in the Stoke area of the city, which saw a male victim suffer a cut to his chest.

The teenager remains in custody and has been arrested on suspicion of car theft, drug dealing and knife possession.

In a statement, West Midlands Police said: "We’re determined to tackle knife crime in the city and drive out the culture of people - mainly teenage boys and young men - feeling comfortable carrying knives or that they need to arm themselves in the misguided belief it’s for their protection.

"We have increased our marked and unmarked patrol car presence across Coventry as a strong deterrent to anyone considering carrying a knife.

"But we need everyone to play their part in addressing the root causes of knife possession, including parents, teachers, youth workers… indeed anyone who comes into contact with young people and can help influence their decisions."

You can report any information to police by calling 101.

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