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Mother of shooting victim's emotional appeal for help in murder inquiry

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The mother of murder victim John Pordage has made an emotional appeal for help in tracking down a teenager police want to question.

John Pordage, 34, was shot dead at a petrol station in Chelmsford on Saturday 5 August.

Speaking at press conference held by Essex Police his mother, Sue Wilson said: "To lose your child is unimaginable, to lose your son so violently and needlessly is beyond words."

She appealed for help in tracking down a man police want to talk to in connection with the shooting.

Sue Wilson paid tribute to her son John Pordage, who was shot dead on Saturday in Chelmsford.

"The police are doing all they can to catch those responsible and understand what happened to my son John but they are still trying to trace 17-year-old Bradley Blundell.

"Bradley if you are listening to me, please do the right thing and hand yourself in. It's only a matter of time before the police catch you."

– Sue Wilson, mother of murder victim John Pordage

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to trace Bradley Blundell who they want to question in connection with the murder.

Blundell was last known to be living in Chelmsford and has links to the Great Baddow and Thurrock area. He also has links to the Norwich area.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for information to trace Bradley Blundell who they want to question in connection with the murder. Credit: Essex Police

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information on the whereabouts of 17-year-old Bradley Blundell.

"Our charity’s put up this reward for information on Bradley Blundell’s whereabouts because it’s believed he is a danger to the public and must be found.

"Someone will either know where he is or maybe giving him shelter. The public’s safety is important to us, which is why we guarantee that anyone who contacts our charity with information stays 100% anonymous. Bradley should not be approached directly by members of the public.”

– Liam Duffy, Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers
Flowers on the pavement by the garage in Chelmsford where John Pordage was shot on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five arrests were made in connection with the murder investigation.

A 16-year-old boy from Chelmsford has been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon, handling stolen goods and perverting the course of justice. He has been remanded in youth custody until a court hearing in October.

An 18-year-old man was charged with four firearms offences and a charge of handling stolen goods.

The three other people arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released under investigation.

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