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04/09/2018 14:29 BST | Updated 04/09/2018 14:34 BST

Man Appears In Court After Specials Singer's Grandson Found Dead

Fidel Glasgow, 21, was found with fatal stab wounds.

West Midlands Police
Specials Singer Neville Staple's Grandson Fidel Glasgow was found stabbed to death in Coventry

A man arrested by police investigating the murder of the grandson of Specials singer Neville Staple has appeared before magistrates charged with affray.

Atikou Diallo is accused of wounding a 23-year-old man who suffered a stab injury during disorder which also left 21-year-old Fidel Glasgow with fatal injuries, Birmingham Magistrates’ Court was told.

Fidel, the son of musician Staple’s daughter Melanie, died in hospital after being stabbed outside a nightclub in Croft Road, Coventry, in the early hours of Saturday.

Diallo, 23, of no fixed address, was not asked to enter pleas to charges of causing grievous bodily harm, violent disorder and possession of a controlled drug, during a brief court appearance on Tuesday.

Magistrates remanded Diallo in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on October 2 after being told he was not applying for bail.

Police are continuing to appeal for information and have urged anyone who was at Club M in the early hours of Saturday to get in touch. 

Detective Inspector Harry Harrison, from the West Midlands Police Homicide Unit, said: “Although an individual has been charged in connection with what happened on Saturday, we’re working round the clock to identify and apprehend Fidel’s killer. 

“I am appealing for anyone with information no matter how insignificant it may seem to contact us. 

“Our thoughts remain with Fidel’s family who continue to be supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.”

Staple, a vocalist in the famous Coventry-based ska band, wrote on Facebook on Saturday evening: “We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanie’s son), who died today as a result of being attacked with a knife in the street.

“We want to thank the hospital staff & surgeons at UHCW University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, who battled all day to try & save him.

“My beautiful daughter Melanie & wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy, but would like to thank you all for the kindness & messages we have received.”

He later posted: “We have the best fans in the world... so we ask that you help us turn our pain into a message.

“Let’s show the young people that this knife trend has to stop.”