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Mums march against knife crime
Mums on the march in Colchester Credit: ITV Anglia

Anti-knife campaigners have staged a second march in Colchester's High Street. The parade was led by Caroline Shearer, who set up charity Only Cowards Carry, after her son Jay, 17, from Clacton, was stabbed to death in Colchester in 2012.

Anti knife campaigners in Colchester
Anti knife campaigners in Colchester Credit: ITV Anglia
Campaigners in Colchester
Campaigners in Colchester Credit: ITV Anglia

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Anti-knife campaigners to hold march in memory of Jay

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex. Credit: Essex Police.

Family and friends of murdered teenager Jay Whiston will stage a "weapons awareness" march through Colchester today.

The parade will be led by Jay's mother Caroline Shearer, who set up charity Only Cowards Carry, after her son, who was 17, was stabbed to death at a house party.

The march will begin at midday at the top of the High Street in Colchester, outside the Post Office, and finishes at the war memorial near the castle.

Anti-knife campaigners held their first march in May last year which saw hundreds of people taking part.

Jay, from Clacton, died in September 2012. Edward Redman, 18, of Wayland Drive, Stanway, was found guilty of his murder earlier this year.

Man jailed for affray in connection with Jay Whiston murder

Rhys Hennerbry Credit: Essex Police

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for three years after causing affray twice in Colchester.

Rhys Hennerbry, from Gurdon Road in Colchester, pleaded guilty in 2013 to affray in connection with the stabbing of Jay Whiston, at a house party in Marlowe Way in September 2012.

The 17-year-old student from Clacton died a short time later in hospital.

Last Friday he was also found guilty of causing affray during which a 19-year-old local man was punched and kicked outside a house in St Andrew’s Avenue.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, May 20, he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the St Andrew’s Avenue incident and two years’ imprisonment for the Marlowe Way incident, to run consecutively.

Mother of murdered teen to help in search for James' killer

Caroline Shearer set up the Only Cowards Carry charity following the death of her son Jay Whiston. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The mother of murdered teenager Jay Whiston will be handing out leaflets in Colchester today appealing for information to help find the killer of James Attfield.

James was stabbed 102 times in Colchester's Lower Castle Park.

A 38-year-old man arrested at the beginning of the investigation has been released without charge. A 27-year-old woman is on bail until tomorrow morning.

James Attfield, who was killed in Lower Castle Park in Colchester.

Jay's mother Caroline Shearer set up the charity Only Cowards Carry to help get knives off the streets.

His killer, Edward Redman, was convicted Jay's murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court last week.

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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Jay Whiston murder trial delayed until Wednesday

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex.

The trial of a teenager accused of murdering a schoolboy at a party has been delayed.

Jay Whiston, 17, of Aster Close, Clacton, in Essex, was stabbed at a house party at Marlowe Way at about 10pm on September 8th 2012. He died in hospital soon afterwards.

Unemployed Edward Redman, 18, of Halstead Road, Colchester, denies murder and appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Wearing a blue suit and grey tie, he spoke only to confirm his name.

Jury selection is set to take place today but prosecutor Mark Milliken-Smith QC told the court it was unlikely that a jury would be sworn in and the case opened until Wednesday.

Redman's father, Gary Redman, 51, and student brother John Redman, 19, of the same address, will also stand trial accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Shannon Fenlon, 19, from Jameson Road, Clacton, denies the same charge.

The trial is expected to last up to 10 weeks.

Victim's mother aims to educate Essex kids on knife crime

by Serena Sandhu

Just over a year ago Caroline Shearer's 17-year-old son, Jay Whiston, was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester.

Since then she's launched a charity which aims to rid the streets of knife violence.

Today her 'Only Cowards Carry' charity launched a new schools programme, designed to educate children on the consequences of carrying knives.

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

Knife crime awareness workshops start in Essex schools

Jay Whiston died in hospital after he was stabbed outside a party in Colchester.
Jay Whiston died in hospital after he was stabbed outside a party in Colchester. Credit: ITV Anglia

A charity set up by the mother of murdered Essex teenager Jay Whiston has begun carrying out workshops warning about the dangers of knife crime.

Schools across North Essex, including Tendring Technology College, are signing up to the scheme run by 'Only Cowards Carry Weapons'.

Jay was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester last September. He was 17 years old.

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