Knife Amnesty Launches In Teenagers Memory

Knife amnesty bins are to be placed in Clacton and Colchester in memory of teenager stabbed to death at a party.

The Only Cowards Carry campaign was launched by Caroline Shearer following the death of her 17-year-old son, Jay Whiston, who was stabbed and killed at a party in Colchester in 2012.

Essex Police and local authorities are supporting the campaign.

18-year-old Edward Redman was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 17 years, for the murder of Jay.

Anyone who wants to surrender a knife has been asked to wrap it up fully and place it in a secure container before bringing it to the bins, which have been provided free of charge by the British Ironwork Centre.


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