Essex

Ashley Woolley stab death: Dad was wrapping son's Christmas gifts at time of attack

Ashley Woolley Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Ashley Woolley's family said his "amazing smile would light up any room that he came into"

The father of a teenager stabbed to death in a park was wrapping his son's Christmas presents at the time of his death, it has emerged.

Ashley Woolley, 18, was attacked in Oaklands Park in Chelmsford at 15:15 GMT on Thursday.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court later.

Ashley's family said he "lived life to the full" and his "amazing smile would light up any room that he came into".

In a statement, they said: "At 3pm on that tragic day Ashley's dad Trevor was wrapping Ashley's presents ready for Christmas.

"But now sadly we will never see the pleasure of him opening these presents as well as the presents he would have received from his family.

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Image caption Friends and family of Ashley Woolley have paid tribute to him at the park and on social media
Image caption Dozens of tributes were left at the gates of Oaklands Park in Chelmsford

Mr Woolley's family said his ambition was to finish college and go to university with his girlfriend.

They thanked those who had paid tribute to him, including many who laid flowers and left balloons at the gates of Oaklands Park.

"It means so much to us as a family," they said. "[It] made us realise how much our son was loved and respected."

Ashley would have turned 19 on 30 December, his family added, when his father was planning to get him driving lessons as a gift.

The family, including his brother Paul, said they would be "inconsolable at this very sad time especially considering that it is also coming up to Christmas".

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