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'John hasn't had justice' - Mum of murdered Essex man makes plea to cut gun crime

The mum of a man shot dead in a random attack at an Essex petrol station has warned it could happen again unless police patrols are increased.

John Pordage was killed at a BP Garage in Great Baddow near Chelmsford in August.

His Mum Sue Wilson says the number of teenagers carrying guns in the area is increasing and she fears there will be more fatalities unless action is taken.

"John hasn't had justice. Not one bit and I'm not going to leave it because he deserves better than that."

– Sue Wilson, John Pordage's mum
John Pordage was shot at this petrol station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two teenagers went on trial charged in connection with John's death last month.

A 16-year-old boy was cleared of his murder while 18-year-old Saul Stanley was found guilty of firearms offences and perverting the course of justice.

But police still haven't found Bradley Blundell who's accused of pulling the trigger. He remains on the run and detectives think he could be abroad.

Essex Police said there has been a continued increase in drug and gang-related violence - but there had not been a particular increase in the Baddow area.

They say they are "working closely with community groups, schools and our partners to address these issues."

"Our officers are spending more time on patrol in the Baddow area to provide extra reassurance and I urge residents to please do talk to them about any concerns they have.

"Every day we work to try and identify offenders and bring to them to justice, and use powers available to us including stop and search.

"Enforcement alone will not prevent more young people becoming involved in this type of crime and we are working hard with our partners to educate and prevent young people from becoming involved in drug and gang life."

– Essex Police