The mother of a teenager killed at a party last year has asked people to 'stop hiding' to try and find his killer.
Jay Whiston would have celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday but he was stabbed at a house party on Marlowe Way in Colchester on 8th September.
Jay's mother Caroline Shearer said:
'People were brave enough to do it so be brave enough to come forward. Stop hiding like frightened children. Jay was 18 yesterday. All we could buy him were two helium balloons because someone murdered him.
It's not just affected me or Holly [his sister] it's affected the entire community.'
The teenager's sister, 25-year-old Holly Fairburn, said: "Please help the police to find Jay's killer. Please don't shield people that could devastate another family's lives as they have ours."
Today police revealed at a press conference that he was stabbed three times and that one stab penetrated his heart. DCI Simon Parks said Jay was not an intended target, he was a 'victim of mindless violence.'
The murder weapon has still not be found and police are appealing for more witnesses to come forward.
They have released an image of a red and white River Island T-shirt that they believe one of the potential murder suspects wore. The T-shirt is yet to be found. 8 people have been bailed until March in connection with the incident.
The Chief Constable of Essex Police has paid tribute to the officer who was shot dead in Clacton on Monday.
Jim Barker-McCardle was speaking after visiting members of Pc Ian Dibell's family.
"I have, yesterday afternoon, visited Pc Ian Dibell’s family and loved ones to personally offer them my condolences and express the support of everyone at Essex Police during this very difficult time.
"Since Ian’s murder, we have heard from fellow officers and staff how loved and respected our fallen colleague was. He was personable, charming, always immaculately dressed and very popular with his colleagues.
"Ian was a very experienced and highly-regarded neighbourhood policing officer well-known in the Clacton community that he had served since 2009. For the eight years prior to this, Ian had worked as both a Neighbourhood and Response officer based in Colchester.
"Ian was an extraordinary man doing an extraordinary job. He was proud of his family’s police service, proud to be an Essex Police officer and proud to serve the community in which he lived.
"Ian’s tragic death reminds us all that it’s not the uniform that makes a police officer but the instinctive, brave and selfless help to others.
"I have no doubt that Ian knew of the danger he was facing when he stepped in to protect a member of the public whilst off duty and without any thought for his own safety. He had an incredible devotion to his community – a devotion which led to his paying the ultimate price.
"We have received so many messages of condolence and support from across the country. I have passed these on to Ian’s family, whose sense of loss is beyond description.
"Essex Police is a family and we are all hurting and grieving. This tragedy is a stark and profound reminder that, ultimately, officers give their lives in the service of others.”
Pc Ian Dibell, who was shot dead in Clacton, Essex, earlier today, was "an experienced and professional neighbourhood police officer" who "deliberately intervened in what he knew was an extremely deadly situation", Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said tonight.
Police are hunting a gunman after a man was shot dead and a woman injured in Farlop Close, Clacton, Essex, just after 3.30pm today.
On arriving at the scene, officers found the man dead and the woman with serious leg injuries. A spokesman for Essex Police said:
"Residents are being urged to remain indoors while armed officers locate the gunman.
"Neighbourhood policing officers are maintaining a high-profile and visible presence in the community, supporting victims and witnesses. Members of the public are urged to contact police on 999 if they see the gunman who should not be approached."