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Father of Ashley Woolley believes his son's kindness killed him

The father of a teenager who was stabbed to death in a Chelmsford park says it was his son's kindness that killed him.

Popular student Ashley Woolley, who was 18, befriended Steven Davenport because he appeared lonely and didn't have many friends. But in December last year, he was stabbed to death by his classmate as he walked through Oaklands Park.

18-year-old Davenport has pleaded guilty to murder. Today Ashley's father and brother spoke to ITV News Anglia about his death and about how they have been told Davenport had a fantasy of killing someone.

Click below to watch a report by Elodie Harper:

Teenager pleads guilty to stabbing Chelmsford student to death

Steven Davenport stabbed 18-year-old Ashley Woolley to death in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford. Credit: Essex Police

An Essex teenager has pleaded guilty to murdering a student in Oaklands Park in Chelmsford, just before Christmas.

Steven Davenport, of Hillside Grove, Chelmsford, changed his plea to guilty to murdering Ashley Woolley at Chelmsford Crown Court. His trial was scheduled to begin next Monday.

Chelmsford College student Mr Woolley, 18, was stabbed on 18 December and died in Broomfield Hospital.

College student Ashley Woolley, 18, was stabbed to death in December 2014. Credit: Essex Police


Aston Merrygold to play V Festival

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold is to perform at this year's V Festival.

Aston Merrygold Credit: PA Images

It will be the first time the Peterborough star has been on stage since going solo. He will join other acts including: Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and Tom Jones.

The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 22 and 23 August.

Car death victim named by police

Allan Frampton Credit: Essex Police

Police have named a man who died after he was hit by a car in Chelmsford at the weekend.

Police have named the man as Allan Frampton, 60, of Hatfield Peverel.

His family has released the following in tribute: "We can’t even begin to understand the events that took place on Saturday evening. A loving father, caring partner and doting granddad was taken from us far too early. With so much to look forward to his life was cruelly taken away. Please give us privacy at this time while we spend time as a family.”

A 63-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of murder. He is currently receiving medical treatment.


Six German shepherd puppies stolen

A German shepherd puppy. Credit: Essex Police

Six German shepherd puppies have been stolen from a kennel in Essex.

The dogs were taken from Birchwood Road in Chelmsford on Thursday April 23.

Anyone with information or who has recently bought German shepherd puppies and is suspicious about where they came from is asked to contact Sgt Paul Austin at Maldon police station on 101.

CCTV image released following Co-op burglary

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following a burglary at the Co-Op in Havengore, Chelmsford.

CCTV image released by police Credit: Essex Police

The offence is believed to have happened at 4.30pm on March 22, when a man entered the stock room through an insecure rear door and stole cigarettes worth a four-figure sum.

Anyone who can identify the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Steven Hicks at Chelmsford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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