Gallery: Emphatic message at anti-knife walk in Colchester

Jay Whiston’s friends and family marched down High Street in Colchester during an anti-knife parade

Jay Whistons friends and family marched down High Street in Colchester during an anti-knife parade on Saturday, 04 May. - Credit: Archant

THE mood was coloured with emotion but the message was unwaveringly clear - “Only Cowards Carry”.

Hundreds of people lined the main streets of Colchester to send a united message about the deadly impact of knife crime.

The anti-knife walk, led by The British Royal Legion Band, came to a silent standstill at the castle memorial, where a minute’s silence honoured the memory of victims including Clacton teenager Jay Whiston, who died after he was stabbed at a house party in Marlowe Way, Colchester, on September 8.

The 17-year-old’s mother, Caroline Shearer, said: “The atmosphere was outstanding. It was very emotional and overwhelming. It wasn’t just for Jay.

“Apart from the people on the street, there were others clapping and cheering on each side.


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“ These people want to live in a safe community - they have had enough. We need education, not excuses - prevention, not politics.

“Actions speak louder than words. We can’t wait four or five years for the Government to pass bills. How many more deaths will there be? I’m not a politician, I’m just a mum.”

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Mrs Shearer thanked everyone for their support, including the band and security, who offered their services free of charge, and Straws nightclub, where the walkers assembled.

Among those taking part was Carl Craig, who survived being stabbed 13 times by two men in Colchester.

Visit www.onlycowardscarry.org for more information.

Seven people are currently on police bail in connection with Jay’s murder.

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