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Community raises more than £5000 for tattooist's funeral

Mark Nesmith was stabbed at a petrol station in Coventry Credit: Family Handout

More than £5,500 has been raised for the funeral of a man who died after he was stabbed at a petrol station in Coventry.

Mark Nesmith was found with stab wounds at a BP garage in The Butts area of the city on Sunday morning.

Tyler Smith from Attoxhall Road in Coventry appeared before magistrates on Wednesday charged with Mr Nesmith's murder.

Mr Nesmith, who was affectionately known as Ness, worked as a tattoo artist at the Grizzly Art Collective and Hales Street Studio. A fundraising page has been set up by his former employers to pay for his funeral costs.

His mother Linda paid tribute to him saying: “Our darling son Mark was a fun loving caring, talented young man who will be badly missed by all that knew him, our hearts are broken."

Manhunt continues for armed robber who targeted building society

Credit: Police Photograph.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to trace after an armed robbery at a Building Society in Coventry.

The Barker Butts Lane branch of the Coventry building society in Coundon was targeted at around 10am on June 1st.

Police have now released images of a man wearing a grey cap and black jacket who they are keen to trace in connection with the raid.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said:

“Police are appealing for information following a robbery at Coventry Building Society in Barkers Butts Lane, Radford, just before 10am on Thursday, June 1. It is believed a tall man with a grey hat and black jacket entered the bank and demanded money. Armed police officers attended after it was reported he may have had a gun, although one was not seen and no threats were made. No one was injured. Investigations are ongoing and officers have now released CCTV of the suspect."

– West Midlands Police.
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