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Knife crime awareness shop opens

Knife crime awareness shop opens Photo: ITV Anglia

Seven weeks ago today, 17 year-old Jay Whiston died after being stabbed at a house party in Colchester.

Today his family and friends launched a fundraising shop in the town. It aims to highlight awareness about the dangers of carrying weapons- and get the issue put onto the school curriculum.

The younger the child we can get to, the better. We've had quite a few enquiries from headteachers, headmistresses all enquiring whether we can go and do talks in their schools and the mission is to actually get it put onto the school curriculum. If we can teach sex education, we've got to be teaching weapons awareness.

– Caroline Shearer, Jay's mother

Educating children from an early age is at the heart of this weapons awareness shop in Colchester, set up in memory of 17 year-old Jay Whiston. The teenager from Clacton was stabbed at a house party in Colchester on September 8th .

The shop in Colchester Credit: ITV Anglia

Jay had a Cookie monster tattoo, so this image is being used on all the fundraising merchandise, which will help his family to set up a charity. They need to raise £5,000 to do it.