Footballers show support for Jay

Colchester United and Leyton Orient show support for Essex teen Jay Whiston.

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"We all want to stop knife crime"

Karl Duguid, the Colchester United player and coach has spoken to ITV News Anglia about his team's decision to support a local anti-knife campaign today by wearing ‘Only Cowards Carry’ t-shirts during their warm up with Leyton Orient.

Colchester United's Karl Duguid is supporting the campaign against knives Credit: PA wire

The anti-knife campaign was set up by Caroline Shearer, the mother of murdered Essex teenager, Jay Whiston. 17 year old Jay was stabbed to death at a house party in Colchester last September.

Karl Duguid said, "the incident actually happened not far from where I live and the young guys knew the boy anyway so it's close to home and it's something I want to support because it's not nice for anyone and it's something everyone wants to make better."

Leyton Orient are also supporting the campaign by wearing the T-shirts. Mr Duguid said, "Both teams think it's a worthy cause. We all want to stop knife crime."

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