FOUR people accused of assisting a murder suspect have been released on police bail.

Police arrested a 51-year-old man, an 18-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman from Colchester and a 17-year-old girl from Clacton in a dawn raid yesterday.

They are suspected of assisting an offender suspected of murdering Jay Whiston, a 17-year-old stabbed to death outside a house party in Marlowe Way.

Five people are due to answer bail for the murder of Jay, of Aster Close, Clacton, next week.

The investigation continues.

Anyone with information in connection with this murder is urged to contact detectives at Colchester’s Major Investigation Team on 101, email them on or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.