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Police quiz seven over fatal stabbing of a 'happy-go lucky' teenager

SEVEN young people were today being quizzed by detectives about the murder of 17-year-old Ross Parker.

SEVEN young people were today being quizzed by detectives about the murder of 17-year-old Ross Parker.SEVEN young people were today being quizzed by detectives about the murder of 17-year-old Ross Parker.

A total of 12 Asian youths, the youngest just 13-years-old, have been arrested on suspicion of murder since Ross was stabbed to death on Friday.

Today seven males - a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds, two 18-year-olds, a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old - were being held at Bridge Street and Thorpe Wood police stations after a magistrate granted the police permission for extra questioning time.

The other five murder suspects, a

13-year-old, 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and an 18-year-old, have been released on bail while enquiries continue and they have to return to the police station on October 3.

They were arrested after police raids on a number of homes in Peterborough over the weekend.

The 60-strong team of officers on the murder inquiry team were today continuing to gather vital clues.

John Deal, a police spokesperson, said: "Enquiries are very much in their early stages and we would still like to speak to anyone who was in the area, or who may have heard something about the incident."

Ross, described by his parents as a happy-go-lucky youngster, was stabbed to death as he walked home from his part-time job collecting glasses at the Solstice pub in the early hours of Friday morning.

His 19-year-old female workmate, who was with him at the time, said he was set upon by a gang of about 10 young Asians. She ran to get help and managed to flag down a passing police patrol car. The officers reached the scene in minutes but they found Ross dead.

Yesterday, Asian community leaders who have been working with police, gathered in Russell Street close to the murder scene in Bourges Boulevard, to lay flowers. The community has put up a reward of 1,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed Ross

Community leader Abdul Choudhary said: "This is a shocking thing to have happened, an innocent persons life has been taken away.

"We are deeply concerned about what has happened and we wanted to show our respect.

Mohammed Younis, a member of the Gladstone Street area neighbourhood watch, said: "We dont want to divide the Asian and white communities."

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