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Parents of two murdered teenagers help launch knife amnesty

Trevor Woolley and Caroline Shearer Photo: ITV News Anglia

A knife amnesty's been launched in Chelmsford by two parents who each lost a child to knife crime.

Trevor Woolley and Caroline Shearer say the communities of Essex need to work together to take knives off our streets.

Ashley Woolley Credit: Essex Police

Ashley Woolley was fatally stabbed in Chelmsford's Oaklands park last December. He was just 18.

It's been nearly three years since Jay Whiston, who was 17, was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife at house in Colchester. Since then his mother Caroline Shearer has launched the charity Only Cowards Carry to educate children about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Jay Whiston Credit: Essex Police

It comes on the day police announced that a man was in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Chelmsford.

The man in his 20's was stabbed in the chest and stomach in Ravensbourne Drive on the evening of Tuesday 16th June.

Police are investigating another stabbing that happened just last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police believe he was attacked by three black men who ran to a waiting silver coloured car - believed to be a Vauxhall Astra or Corsa - driven by a white man. They're appealing for information.