Ashley Woolley murder: Chelmsford College students offered counselling

Ashley Woolley Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Ashley Woolley died after being stabbed in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, on 18 December

College students are being offered counselling following the fatal stabbing of an Essex teenager in a park.

Ashley Woolley, 18, died in hospital after being attacked in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, on 18 December.

Chelmsford College, where he was a business studies student, described his death as a "tragic event".

A spokesman said "additional support and counselling services" would be in place for as long as they were needed.

Principal Andy Sparks, said: "Ashley was well liked by both students and teaching staff - the college community is shocked and upset by this tragic loss.

Image caption Tributes were left to the 18-year-old business student at the gates of Oaklands Park

"Since the news of the tragedy broke, tributes to Ashley have been flooding in, which is testament to his popularity."

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

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and was remanded in custody following a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

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