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Murder suspects named as police link fatal shooting with alleged kidnapping

Ryan Hobday (left) and Ben Whyley have been named as key suspects in connection with a double murder in Coventry. Credit: West Midlands Police

Officers investigating an alleged double murder have named two suspects they want to speak to.

Detectives are now desperately trying to trace Ben Whyley and Ryan Hobday after linking a fatal shooting in Coventry with the suspected kidnapping of another man.

In March this year, a 28-year-old man was found with gunshot injuries to his chest. Daniel Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene on Copland Place in the Tile Hill area of the city.

And in a major breakthrough, officers have now linked this shooting with the disappearance of 33-year-old Johnny Robbins. Mr Robbins was last seen on March 21. It is believed he was kidnapped, tortured and murdered.

Mr Robbins' dog was found in Crackley Woods just a few days after his disappearance, along with a burnt out BMW that officers believe could provide clues. But despite extensive searches of the woods and nearby areas, Mr Robbins' body has never been found.

Officers have now revealed the disappearance of Johnny Robbins (pictured) is linked to the shooting of Daniel Shaw. Credit: West Midlands Police
Daniel Shaw was shot in the chest in the Tile Hill area of Coventry in March 2018. Credit: BPM Media

Revealing the connection between these two crimes, detectives said Mr Robbins has been taken to Mr Shaw's home.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Mallett, from West Midlands Police, has appealed for people to come forward with information, saying anyone who does so will be protected.

He said: "There are many people who have anonymously told us what has happened and who is responsible for these murders. We also know that many are too frightened to come forward and tell us these things in a way that will allow us to arrest and convict the murderers and those who conspired with them to kill Daniel and Johnny.

"I understand that you may be scared to come forward and provide this information but I can help you do it in a way that protects you and your families."

Officers found this burnt out BMW in Crackley Woods the day after Mr Robbins' alleged kidnap. Credit: West Midlands Police

He added: "Daniel and Johnny’s families are devastated. They need answers and I need your help to get those answers and justice for them. I have a dedicated team of detectives working on this investigation, but I need the community of Coventry to stand up to those causing fear and intimidation where you live and stop this from happening again. Two innocent men have lost their lives in the most horrific circumstances, please do the right thing and get in touch."

In particular, officers want to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious around 368 Torrington Avenue between Wednesday 21 March and Sunday 25 March.