A DETECTIVE investigating the murder of Declan Bunting described the attack as 'vicious and senseless'.

An investigation was launched by the force’s major investigation team after police were alerted to the fatal stabbing.

DI Adam Waller, who was in charge of the investigation, said: “Today justice has been served for Declan and his family.

"This has been a devastating and heart-breaking time for them as they continue to come to terms with their loss and our thoughts remain very much with all those who knew and loved him."

"By admitting his guilt Rawling has spared Declan’s family and friends the ordeal of sitting through a trial and potentially having to give evidence in court albeit they have had to wait nearly six months for this outcome.

“A young life was taken at the hands of Rawling in an attack I can only describe as vicious and senseless.

"Arming himself with a weapon he clearly intended to do serious harm that night.

“Carrying a knife can be devastating for all of those involved. A young life, as in this case, can be tragically lost and a family left without their loved one.

“Over the past six months detectives from the force’s major investigation team have worked tirelessly to piece together this case and I would like to thank all the officers and staff who have been involved.

“While no prison sentence will ever bring Declan back, I hope that Declan’s family take some comfort from the fact that a dangerous individual has been taken off the streets for a long time."