Family tribute to young man killed in Newhaven

An 18-year-old boy who died after a stabbing incident in Newhaven has been named as Colin Oliver Wells, known as Ollie.

Ollie’s family have issued a heartfelt tribute, together with a photo of him.
Police were called to the junction of Elphick Road and Ship Street in Newhaven, at 11.30pm on Monday (6 January) after reports of a stabbing.

Despite efforts to save Ollie, of Elphick Road, he sadly died at the scene. A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

A knife was recovered at the scene.

Nobody else was injured.

His family have issued the following tribute to Ollie; “Ollie was a much loved member of our family. He had autism and faced many challenges which left him vulnerable and he was often misunderstood by others.

Due to his autism, Ollie had substantial needs which meant that over the last couple of years we were not able to care for him within the family home, however he was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by us all. We, the family, request that we be left alone to allow us time to process this devastating news.”

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Ship Street and Elphick Road in the late evening and who may have witnessed an altercation between two individuals.

“Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help the enquiries is asked to contact online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth.”

Ollie’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and have asked to be left to grieve privately.

Lewes District Inspector Ed Ripley said; “We are reassuring local residents that the investigation is contained to the location involved and that there is no danger to the wider community. Our officers are in the area to advise and assist anyone who has particular concerns on learning of this matter, or who has any information they want to pass on.”

Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help our enquiries is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth.

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