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Teenager arrested in connection with Essex murder but police warn one suspect could still be in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 08:29 08 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 08 August 2017

Saul Stanley, 18, has been arrested  in connection with the alleged murder of John Pordage in Chelmsford. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Saul Stanley, 18, has been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of John Pordage in Chelmsford. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

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One of the two teenagers wanted in connection with a murder in Essex has been arrested but police have warned one of the teenagers could still be in Norwich.

Detectives are urgently trying to trace Bradley Blundell, 17, in connection with the murder of John Pordage in Chelmsford.

Blundell has links to Chelmsford and Great Baddow. He may however be in the Norwich area of Norfolk.

He is 5ft 11ins tall and of slim build.

Police are no longer looking for Saul Stanley, 18, in connection with the investigation.

An 18-year-old man was arrested by police in Chelmsford at around 8.50pm on Monday on suspicion of murder and possession of a prohibited firearm. He is currently in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We urgently need to speak to Saul Stanley and Bradley Blundell in connection with the murder of John Pordage in the early hours of Saturday in Baddow Road.

“We consider them to be dangerous and we ask members of the public if you see them, do not approach them but call 999 immediately.

“I would strongly urge these individuals to contact police and give themselves up.

“Anybody who is found to be assisting those involved in Mr Pordage’s murder in any way will be subject of a thorough investigation and could find themselves prosecuted for assisting an offender.”

Police have also recovered two firearms - a handgun and what is believed to be a shotgun – which were found during searches in the Chelmer Village area of Chelmsford on Sunday.

DCI Pasmore said: “We will now be carrying out further enquiries and forensic examination work to establish if they are connected to Mr Pordage’s murder.”

Four other arrests have been made in connection with the murder investigation.

A 16-year-old boy from Chelmsford, who was arrested on Sunday, has been charged today with murder, possession of an offensive weapon handling stolen goods and perverting the course of justice.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.

An 18-year-old man from the Billericay area, a 22-year-old man from Chelmsford and a 15-year-old boy from Chelmsford who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have been released under investigation.

• Anyone with information on Blundell whereabouts is asked to call 999.

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