The parents of a man murdered in a park last July say the last year has been "hell."

Terry Leeks, 46, died after being stabbed in Northlands Park in Basildon last year.

As Essex Police issue a renewed appeal for information Mr Leek's parents have spoken out about their grief.

Terry’s mum and dad said: “The last year has been hell really, we’re just trying to get through it one day at a time.

“He didn’t deserve that, he really didn’t. We just can’t believe that no-one has come forward. Somebody must know something, we don’t know how they can live with themselves.

“He wasn’t an angel but he had a kind heart. He would do anything for you. He’d help anyone, if he could do something for someone then he would.


“If anyone knows anything, no matter how small, after all this time, please just come forward. It’s not going to bring him back but it would just help get justice for him”.

Crimestoppers has increased its reward to £20,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing Mr Leeks.

In total, 13 people have been arrested in connection with Terry’s death.

Four of them – two boys aged 15 and 17 and two men aged 19 – released under investigation.

Nine others have been told they face no further action.