Man arrested in Amsterdam over Essex petrol station shooting

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of murder after a man was shot dead outside a petrol station in Essex last year.

John Pordage, 34, died after being shot in the chest at the BP garage in Chelmsford in the early hours of August 5.

A man identifying himself as Bradley Blundell was arrested after attending a police station in Amsterdam on Saturday, Essex Police said.

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The force said it is preparing papers for his extradition back to the UK.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods, police said.

Mr Pordage was with a friend, a 25-year-old man, when the incident took place near the Army and Navy roundabout in Baddow Road last summer.

John Pordage, 34 (Essex Police/PA)
John Pordage, 34 (Essex Police/PA)

The victim was taken to hospital where he later died.

His mother, Sue Wilson, paid tribute to him as someone who was "fun-loving and wore his heart on his sleeve".

"He was known for his big personality and friendly nature," she added.