Jay Whiston murder: Police receive calls after appeal

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

Police have received several calls after a fresh appeal to find a weapon used to stab a 17-year-old to death.

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

Officers leafleted residents in the Lexden area of Colchester on Saturday.

Det Ch Insp Anne Cameron said the calls were being followed up to see if items reported, and information given, had any direct link to the inquiry.

"I do not want to go into further detail on the information provided at this stage in case it is of relevance, but we are pleased with the response so far and would urge other members of the public to carry out similar checks of their gardens in the Lexden area and beyond," she added.

"If anyone does find a knife, then they should leave it in situ and contact us."

Police said they had previously found a number of knives in the local area, but believed none had been used to stab Jay.

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