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Ashley Wadsworth

Canadian Teen stabbed to death after flying to England to see boyfriend

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman in Chelmsford on Tuesday 1 February.

Police were contacted shortly after 4pm, with reports of a disturbance at an address in Tennyson Road. Despite the efforts of paramedics, Ashley Wadsworth, a 19-year-old woman from the city of Vernon, in British Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jack Sepple, 23, of Tennyson Road, Chelmsford, has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court Thursday 3 February.

Ashley Wadsworth
Ashley Wadsworth travelled to UK and was murdered by her boyfriend

Her sister Hailey Wadsworth wrote on Facebook: “My poor baby sister we will get justice baby girl I love you so much I miss you every day your big sissy loves you.”

Friends of the teenager have told how she had travelled to England especially to visit her boyfriend in Chelmsford in November.  She was said to be excited to live abroad as she wanted to escape “small town life” in Vernon.

Paying tribute, her great-aunt Tova Wadsworth said: “Ashley was a beautiful young lady and full of love and kindness for all in her life.

“This was a trip of a lifetime… Nothing of this makes any sense.

“Her family is heartbroken and struggles to understand.”

The teen converted to the Church of the Latter-day Saints at the age of 18 and was described as a “woman of great faith”.

DCI Scott Egerton, of Essex Police, previously confirmed it was an “isolated incident” and investigators were not looking for anyone else.

He said in a statement: “I know that incidents like this will shock and sadden the community, but our initial enquiries show this to be an isolated incident and that there is no wider risk to the community.

“Currently, we are not looking for anyone else.

“We have a team of dedicated officers working around the clock to establish the circumstances which led to a woman losing her life.

tennyson road cordon
Police cordoned off an area of Tennyson Road, Chelmsford

“The investigation is progressing well, but we will remain on scene for a few more days whilst we continue to gather evidence and establish the facts.

“You may see officers in the area carrying out reassurance patrols and I would encourage anyone who has information that might help our investigation, to approach them and tell them what you know.”

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