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Sunday, 23 September, 2001, 14:35 GMT 15:35 UK
Twelve held over teenager's death
Ross Parker
Ross Parker wanted to join the police force
Police have arrested a further three people in connection with the murder of a teenager from Peterborough.

Nine people, aged between 13 and 21, were arrested on Saturday on suspicion on murder.

A 17-year-old and two others aged 14 and 15 were arrested on Sunday.

A murder inquiry was launched after 17-year-old Ross Parker was attacked on his way home from work on Friday morning.

Stab wounds

A post mortem examination revealed he died from stab wounds.

Police said the 5ft 5in teenager was attacked by a group of Asian youths at about 0115BST on Friday, as he and his 19-year-old girlfriend walked home from the Solstice pub where he had a part-time job.

Officers have said there is no specific evidence that the attack, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was racially motivated.

His girlfriend ran for help but the teenager died shortly after the attack, on Borges Boulevard near to the pub.

Community shocked

The nine male suspects arrested on Saturday include a 13-year-old, two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old, a 17-year-old, two 18-year-olds, a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old.

At a meeting of the Muslim community, on Friday evening, members decided to put up a reward to catch Ross's killer.

The chairman of the Pakistan Community Association, Gulam Shabir says everyone in the community feels shocked by the incident.

"In order to show our wholehearted support for what the police are trying to achieve, we will actually offer a reward which will be from the whole of the local Muslim community of 1,000 which will be given to the person who gives any information which will lead to the conviction."

Police ambition

The teenager's parents, Tony, 49, and Davina, 43, said in a statement: "We cannot understand why this has happened.

"Everyone is in a state of shock and we just cannot comprehend the news."

They said Ross, who had a sister Leanne, 22, had recently completed a course in business administration at Jack Hunt school, Peterborough, and wanted to join the police.

The couple said their son was a keen footballer, a Manchester United fan who played for local side Netherton United, and loved computers.

Staff at the Solstice pub said Ross had worked there for about a year.

"He didn't work behind the bar - he just did a few odd jobs, washing up and so on," said a pub spokeswoman. "He was nice-natured. A lovely lad."

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