[12 MAR 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
City Hotelier Attack
Is Attempted Murder
vicious and unprovoked attack on a Coventry hotel owner is being
treated as attempted murder and could have been racially
Naqvi was set upon by two white attackers outside his home in
Stoney Road, Cheylesmore at 2.40am on Friday.
Naqvi, who lives in a house next to the Falcon Hotel with his
wife, two daughters and son, was woken when he heard the hotel’s
doorbell being rung.
opened the window and called out to the men at the hotel door that
there were no vacancies.
then put some clothes on and went to talk them.
Naqvi’s wife and daughter both then heard screaming and shouting
and looked out of the window to find that he had been attacked.
Naqvi gave chase, but lost the men and returned to look after her
husband, who had been beaten, possibly with a blunt weapon.
Naqvi is said to be in a critical condition today. He has
undergone four operations on his brain and his family are at his
bedside waiting anxiously to learn if he will survive the attack.
Dave Mirfield appealed for witnesses to come forward.
may be that there were some around who have vital information
and simply do not realise it.
address is close to the railway station and not far from a
nightclub. It may be that people were returning home that night
and heard some shouting and screaming and did not realise what
family are devout Muslims and we have to assume that the attack
might be racially motivated, but we are keeping an open mind. It
could have been an attempted burglary.”
Mirfield said a bunch of keys belonging to the hotel were found in
Little Park Street that day, and were handed in.
called on the unknown person who returned them to the Little Park
Street police station to come forward, as they might have
information about where they found.
men are in custody and are helping police with their enquiries,
but DCI Mirfield stressed more witnesses are needed.
who can help should call 024 7653 9040 ext 7653 9040 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
[09 MAR 01] MAN SERIOUSLY
INJURED IN CITY HOTEL ATTACK