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Friends and family of murdered Essex teen Ashley Woolley unite for celebration of his life

The funeral was held at Chelmsford Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The funeral of an Essex teenager who was stabbed to death in a park in Chelmsford before Christmas was held this morning.

Hundreds of friends and family of Ashley Woolley gathered at Chelmsford Cathedral for the service.

Ashley Woolley was stabbed to death in a park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ashley's family said they wanted to give him the best possible send-off in a celebration of his life.

A 17-year-old has has been charged with his murder.

Funeral of Chelmsford student to take place

Ashley Woolley died in hospital from his injuries Credit: ITV News Anglia

The funeral of an Essex student who was stabbed to death before Christmas, will be held today.

18-year-old Ashley Woolley died in hospital from his injuries after he was stabbed in a park near his home in Chelmsford.

The funeral service will take place at the city's cathedral.

A 17-year old boy has been charged with Ashley Woolley's murder.

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Father of teenager stabbed to death in Chelmsford calls for funeral to be a "celebration"

The father of a teenager, stabbed to death in Chelmsford a week before Christmas, has said he wants his funeral to be a celebration of his life.

Ashley Woolley was killed on his way to college in December.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with his murder. Ashley's father Trevor says he wants to give his son the best send-off.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Teenager to appear in court over Chelmsford stabbing death

Ashley Woolley, who was killed in Chelmsford.

A teenager is to appear in court this morning charged with the murder of 18-year-old Ashley Woolley in Chelmsford.

Tributes were left at the spot where Mr. Woolley was stabbed in Oaklands Park last Thursday. He later died in hospital.

A museum in the park where he sought help remained closed over the weekend as a mark of respect.

A 17-year-old boy is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court having appeared before the town's magistrates at the weekend.

He is also charged with threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

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Classmates of Chelmsford stabbing victim to be offered counselling

Ashley Woolley, who was a student at Chelmsford College. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Classmates of a student who was stabbed to death in an Essex park are to be offered counselling.

Ashley Woolley was studying business at Chelmsford College.

He was killed following the attack on Thursday as he walked through Oaklands Park.

College principal Andy Sparks said staff and students would received support for as long as they needed it.

"Ashley was well liked by both students and teaching staff - the college community is shocked and upset by this tragic loss.

"Since the news of the tragedy broke, tributes to Ashley have been flooding in which is a testament to his popularity."

– Andy Sparks, Principal, Chelmsford College.

Teenager charged with murder over Chelmsford park killing

Ashley Woolley, who was killed in Chelmsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has been charged with murdering an 18-year-old man in a Chelmsford park.

Police today officially named Ashley Woolley, who lived in the town, as the victim of Thursday's attack in Oaklands Park at Moulsham Street.

The teenager was stabbed as he walked home from college at about 3.15pm

A 17-year-old boy from Chelmsford was arrested on Friday and has now been charged with murder and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this morning and was remanded in youth custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

A 19-year-old man from Maldon, who was also arrested in connection with the investigation, has been released from custody without charge.

Chelmsford teenager was on his way to college when he was stabbed

Ashley Woolley died in hospital from his injuries Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tributes have been made to a teenager who was stabbed while he was on his way to college in Chelmsford yesterday.

Ashley Woolley, known as 'Ash' died from his injuries.

Today his girlfriend said today, "You were my best friend."

Click below to watch Claire McGlasson's report.

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