Footballers show support for Jay

Colchester United and Leyton Orient show support for Essex teen Jay Whiston.

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United against knife crime

A campaign against knife crime set up after the death of a teenager from Essex has been given the support of some of the region's footballers. Jay Whiston, who was 17, was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester last year.

Today, players from the town's football club called for action to stop young people carrying weapons. Watch Serena Sandhu's report.

"We all want to stop knife crime"

Karl Duguid, the Colchester United player and coach has spoken to ITV News Anglia about his team's decision to support a local anti-knife campaign today by wearing ‘Only Cowards Carry’ t-shirts during their warm up with Leyton Orient.

Colchester United's Karl Duguid is supporting the campaign against knives Credit: PA wire

The anti-knife campaign was set up by Caroline Shearer, the mother of murdered Essex teenager, Jay Whiston. 17 year old Jay was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester last September.

Karl Duguid said, "the incident actually happened not far from where I live and the young guys knew the boy anyway so it's close to home and it's something I want to support because it's not nice for anyone and it's something everyone wants to make better."

Leyton Orient are also supporting the campaign by wearing the T-shirts. Mr Duguid said, "Both teams think it's a worthy cause. We all want to stop knife crime."

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