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Best friend of man shot dead makes direct appeal to wanted teenager

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The best friend of a man shot dead at a Chelmsford garage has made a direct appeal to a teenager wanted in connection with the killing to "hand yourself in."

John Pordage was 34 when he was shot in the chest at the BP garage on Baddow Road in Chelmsford on 5 August.

Detectives are still looking for 17-year-old Bradley Blundell in connection with his murder.

Police say he has connections to Norwich, Chelmsford, Great Baddow and Thurrock and urge people not to approach him as he is dangerous.

Police are urging people not to approach Blundell Credit: Essex Police

"Hand yourself in, do the right thing. You know, for once in this whole thing take some responsibilities for your actions and act like a man… I think anyone that’s helping him is just as culpable, just as responsible as Bradley is and more so the longer this goes on. I just hope someone does the right thing and he can be brought to justice.”

– John's best friend Tom Clyde
John's friends laying tributes to him at the garage where he was shot Credit: ITV News Anglia

"To lose a friend that you loved so much in such a horrific way is absolutely devastating. It still hasn't sunk in now. It's one of the worst feelings that anyone could ever experience. "

– Lisa Tomlinson, Friend

John's friends now want to come together and hold events in his memory to tackle violent crime. They say they want to help educate people on the dangers of carrying weapons.

On something so negative it's good that something positive can come from it and I think that's what he would've wanted and our friendship group with John was based on love and it's the best way to respond to such a heinous crime."

– Luke Johnson

A 16-year-old boy who can't be named for legal reasons will face trial in January on suspicion of murder.

18-year-old Saul Stanley is charged with firearms offences related to the murder.

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