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Police appeal after attack in Chelmsford

Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40's was assaulted while walking through Chelmsford’s Central Park.

It happened over a bridge leading to Seymour Street at 3.45pm on Friday, March 7.

The victim was punched and kicked by two men who were on pedal cycles. They the rode off in the direction of Waterhouse Lane.

The first attacker is described as white, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, of thin build, with short cropped hair, wearing blue jeans and white trainers.

The second was also white and aged in his mid-20s. He was slim and quite tall.

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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.

Man jailed for attack with a hammer

A man who attacked a love rival with a hammer before turning on his pregnant girlfriend has been jailed.

Craig Downer, 23, lashed out at the 20-year-old victim following an argument in a car park off Huntly Road, Woodston, Peterborough, on April 21, last year.

Craig Downer Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

The victim suffered injuries to his head and legs in the attack.

The victim's heavily pregnant girlfriend was also taken to hospital due to stomach pains after the incident, in which she claimed to have been dragged across the car park.

Downer, of Cowbridge Lane, Essex, was charged with wounding with intent, common assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was found guilty following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court and jailed for a total of 47 months.

CCTV pictures issued after theft from 80 year old

Hertfordshire police have released CCTV pictures of three people they want to talk to in connection with a theft in Bishop's Stortford.

The victim, a man in his 80’s, was distracted and had a bank card stolen and money was taken from his account. It happened on Wednesday 26th March in Aldi car park on London Road.

Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Police have issued this CCTV picture Credit: Hertfordshire Police

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Cheers in court as youth found guilty of murder

Edward Redman, who's 18, has been found guilty of stabbing Jay Whiston in the heart at the party in Colchester after a row over a bottle of drink.

There were cheers in court as the verdict was delivered. The judge described it as a vicious cold blooded attack.The trial at Chelmsford Crown Court has lasted three months.

Click below to hear reaction from Jay's mother outside court

PCC reaction to Jay Whiston verdict

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has condemned the stabbing of 17-year-old Jay Whiston as a senseless and cowardly crime.He said justice had been done but a sense of loss and sadness remained.

By all accounts, Jay was a fine young man. I did not have the privilege of meeting him. I have been fortunate enough to meet Caroline Shearer, Jay’s mother, on many occasions. I have also witnessed the work that she has led through her organisation, Only Cowards Carry, to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime.I sincerely hope the verdict brings some comfort to Caroline, her family and all of Jay’s friends as they seek to rebuild their lives.

– Nick Alston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
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