One of the county’s most wanted fugitives was allegedly seen partying alongside 50,000 V Festival revellers just two weeks after it is claimed he shot a Galleywood electrician dead.
The 18-year-old reportedly fired the gun killing 34-year-old John Pordage on August 5, last year but has evaded capture ever since.
A reward of up to £10,000 is being offered to anyone providing information that leads to his arrest.
Just two weeks after the shooting, it is claimed he was seen partying with thousands as Pink! Headlined the mainstage at the festival in Hylands Park.
An earlier disagreement over funding for special police services had meant that Essex Police were not at the event to carry out standard patrols.
A briefing note seen by Essex Live setting out what had been reported overnight between the Saturday and Sunday morning (August 19 and 20) reveals frustration among Essex Police that security had not comprehended the seriousness of the information that had been passed to them when someone said they had seen Blundell.
It said: “Paul Brookes (from Chelmsford City Council) also reported that Essex Police were unhappy with the attitude of on-site security after a member of the public reported that Bradley Blundell has been seen in the arena and he was wanted for murder. Apparently security told the person to report the issue direct to Essex Police.”
Essex Police had earlier advised organisers Festival Republic they would be not providing police officers to patrol the large site after a Festival Republic offered £100,000 for special police services.
A figure of £138,000 was agreed for 2016 but agreement with the police could not be reached on the level of special police services therefore there was none in 2107.
Police have released new CCTV images of Bradley Blundell, who is wanted in connection with the murder of Mr Pordage in Chelmsford.
In the latest images, Blundell is captured on camera in what appears to be a shop, wearing a dark hoodie, blue jeans and dark shoes.
Essex Police have vowed to match the Crimestoppers’ reward for information as the manhunt for murder suspect Bradley Blundell continues.
Crimestoppers initially offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to the location of 18-year Blundell, who has managed to evade capture.
Blundell, along with the 16-year-old defendant and Stanley, are driven away from the BP garage in a blue Ford Fiesta. They are in the company of two teenage girls, one of whom drives the car.
The five teenagers travel to parkland near Battle Rise, in Heybridge, Maldon.
It is there that items are allegedly destroyed.
Police later attended the “deposition site” where they found patches of scorched earth.
The group head back to the Chelmsford area.
Blundell and the two defendants are thought to have been dropped off in Boreham.
Stanley and the 16-year-old then caught a taxi from the Bogg Hoggs takeaway van, near to the Boreham Interchange.
Blundell is said to have turned up at the home of Stanley’s girlfriend, Kyra Hayes, in Jenner Mead, Chelmer Village.
It is here that he allegedly threatened Stanley into taking possession of a bag containing guns and cannabis.
Blundell is supposed to have been on-board a train from Witham to London.
Stanley claimed that Blundell called him and instructed him to meet him on the train by getting on at Chelmsford station.
Blundell and Stanley were in the West End of London, with phone mast records showing them to be near Selfridges in Oxford Street. Stanley denied they had gone on a shopping trip.
The boys separated for about 20 to 30 minutes, according to Stanley.
Blundell and Stanley make their way back across, with phone mast data showing them to be in Stratford, close to the Westfield Shopping Centre.
Blundell and Stanley are said to have collected the 16-year-old defendant from Springfield in a taxi before heading to Witham.
Blundell, the 16-year-old and Stanley are captured on CCTV at The Old Pottery Kiln pub and restaurant in Witham. They are also in the company of Blundell’s girlfriend.
The three teenagers head to Norwich – the identity of the driver has not come to light.
Stanley claims they walked around the city’s streets before spending the night in a guest house.
Stanley and the 16-year-old’s mobile phones are picked up by masts in Ipswich as they return to the Chelmsford area.
One of Blundell’s three telephones remains in the Norwich area.
Blundell’s phone is last tracked near Enfield in London, having left Norwich.
Caroline Harmer, a criminal evidence analyst at Essex Police, told the court that she believed Blundell (or at least his mobile phone) travelled through Chelmsford on the way to Enfield.
There are no records to indicate where Blundell went after his phone was tracked to the Enfield area.
Officers are looking into whether Blundell is using Ibiza as a “place of safety” to hide. They say they are looking at the routes he could have taken to get there but at the same time say they are “remaining open-minded” about his whereabouts.
However, Essex Police have now said they will match Crime Stoppers’ reward, making the total reward £10,000.
They have also broadened their search for the missing 18-year old overseas and have been granted a European Arrest Warrant which would enable police to apprehend him abroad.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused of murder but cleared by the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court at 3.30pm on Friday (February 9).
Mr Pordage was a 34-year-old man who lived in Galleywood.
A well-known face in Chelmsford, he was described by his mother Suzanne Wilson, as an “accomplished artist who loved creativity and design”.
An inquest into his death found he died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The gym enthusiast and bodybuilder, who worked as an electrician, was a frequent and prominent member of Ab Salute gym in Brook Street.
A memorial photograph dedicated to the “gentle giant” has been erected on the wall of the gym where he loved to workout.
His funeral took place at the South Chapel in Chelmsford Crematorium on September 6.
Photographs, flowers and tokens have been left at the front of the forecourt where he was gunned down.
Alongside the teenager in the dock was Saul Stanley, 18, who was found guilty of perverting the course of justice, two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm and two counts of possession ammunition without a certificate but was cleared of two further counts of possessing ammunition.
Essex Police and Festival Republic have been approached for comment.