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Jay's mother campaigning against knives

Just six days after the teenager who stabbed her son Jay Whiston to death was found guilty of murder, Caroline Shearer is back campaigning for knives to be taken off our streets.

Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the Only Cowards Carry charity in Clacton, which aims to get weapons awareness education on the curriculum. Serena Sandhu reports.


Castle Park murder- woman released on bail

James Attfield

A woman arrested by detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester’s Castle Park has been released on police bail. The 27-year-old from Colchester has been bailed pending further enquiries until Tuesday, April 15.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact them as they continue to piece together 33-year-old James’ last movements on the evening of Friday, March 28 and the early hours of Saturday, March 29.

Special trained family liaison officers are continuing to support James’ family.

Police arrest Colchester woman in connection with James Attfield murder enquiry

James Attfield.
James Attfield. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester have arrested another person in connection with the enquiry.

Mr Attfield was struck down in Castle Park and was stabbed more than 100 times.

A 27-year-old woman from Colchester has been arrested and is currently in custody.

A man was arrested last week, but was released without charge.

Read more: Police issue CCTV of 23 people they want to trace

Police issue CCTV images of 23 people who might be vital witnesses in an inquiry into an horrific stabbing

by Hannah Pettifer

Police hunting the killer of James Attfield, who was stabbed more than 100 times in an attack in a park in Colchester, have issued CCTV images of 23 potential witnesses.

They're pictures of people who were in Castle Park in the hours before Mr Attfield was found dying early on the morning of Saturday 29 March. Essex Police believe they might have vital information.

James Attfield was the victim of what police describe as a violent, frenzied attack, stabbed in total 102 times. The father of five lived in sheltered accommodation in Colchester.

A car accident four years ago left him with a brain injury affecting his reasoning and speech; he known to be shy and polite.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

Click here to see all 23 CCTV images released by Essex Police in more detail


Jay's mum working to prevent further tragedies

After a teenager was convicted of murdering her 17 year old son Jay Whiston, Caroline Shearer says she'll continue working to stop other families from experiencing the same heartache.

Caroline set up the charity 'Only Cowards Carry' six weeks after Jay was stabbed in the heart.

She's now back in the office arranging training visits to educate others about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Click below to see Victoria Lampard's report

Students robbed at gunpoint in Colchester

Detectives are appealing for information after a robbery in Colchester in which two students were forced to hand over their wallets at gunpoint.

The attack happened on Distillery Lane shortly after 3am on Tuesday, April 8.

The two 18-year-old local men had been walking along when the occupants of a parked silver car have got out of the vehicle.

One then threatened them with a black handgun. In fear, they handed over their mobile telephones and wallets.

We examined CCTV footage throughout Tuesday and it appears this car was driven into and out of Distillery Lane from the Tesco side. We are looking to speak with any taxi drivers or people who were working in the area between 3-3:30am on Tuesday morning and who saw any usual activity on Distillery Lane or a car being driven around the area with five young men inside. These two young victims are very shaken up and taking in what happened to them. We want to offer them reassurance by taking this group of people off the streets, but need people’s assistance to do so.”

– DC Adele Brown, Essex Police

The attackers are all described as white, in their early 20s and were wearing hoodies. One man had shaved, ginger hair while another has an eyebrow pierced with a silver bar.

Both young men were pushed around during the robbery, but neither sustained any physical injury.

Youth who stabbed Jay Whiston will be sentenced next month

18 year old Edward Redman will be sentenced for the murder of 17 year old Jay Whiston on Thursday 1st May.

Jay was stabbed to death at a party on Colchester in 2012.

Jay Whiston Credit: Jay's family

Edward Redman was found guilty of murder after a three month trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Edward Redman Credit: Essex Police

His 51-year-old father, Gary Redman; his 20-year-old brother, John Redman; and his former girlfriend, 19-year-old Shannon Fenlon were all found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

They were all remanded into court custody prior to their sentencing.

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