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Jay Whiston murder inquiry: Man and woman released

Jay Whiston
Image caption Jay Whiston died in hospital after he was stabbed outside a party in Colchester

Two people arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenager have been released without charge.

Jay Whiston, 17, from Clacton, died last September after a party in Colchester organised via Facebook.

Police arrested five people on suspicion of murder and four others on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A man and and a woman, both 18, will not face further police action. The seven others have had their bail extended until May.

The party at which Jay was stabbed was held at a house in Marlowe Way to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday.

A provisional post-mortem examination showed he was killed by a stab wound to the heart.

The man who has been released with charge had been arrested on suspicion of murder, while the woman was arrested for the lesser offence.

The four still on bail on suspicion of murder are two 19-year-old men, a 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy.

A 51-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man are also on bail until the same date in May, all on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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