Boy in court charged with fatal shooting

Victim John Pordage

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

He appeared in Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday morning. Speaking only to confirm his name, he was remanded in custody to a youth detention centre pending his next appearance in court on October 10

Four arrests have been made so far in connection with the murder investigation but detectives urgently need to trace Bradley Blundell, 17, in connection with the murder of Mr Pordage, 34, who was shot outside the BP garage near the Army and Navy roundabout in Chelmsford.

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.

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

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We urgently need to speak to Bradley Blundell in connection with the murder. We consider him to be dangerous and we ask members of the public if you see him, do not approach him but call 999 immediately.”

Officers and the ambulance service were called shortly after 2.10am on Saturday, August 5, to the petrol station on Baddow Road, Chelmsford.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “My thoughts are with Mr Pordage’s family during this extremely difficult time and our enquiries are progressing into finding those responsible for his tragic death.

“We are continuing to keep an open mind about the motive behind this shocking incident.”
Police have recovered two firearms which were found during searches in the Chelmer Village area of Chelmsford on Sunday, August 6.


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