Man arrested in connection with murder of girl, 17, stabbed to death in park

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Man arrested in connection with murder of girl, 17, stabbed to death in park

A man has been arrested in Leicester in connection with the murder of teenager Jodie Chesney who was stabbed to death in east London, the Metropolitan Police said.

Jodie, 17, was with friends near a children’s playground on Harold Hill when she was approached by two males and knifed in the back in a seemingly motiveless attack.

She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called to the park at 9.25pm on Friday.

METROGRAB Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death at a park in Harold Hill, Havering, Romford, London. (Picture: Facebook)

Jodie Chesney was pronounced dead just over an hour after police were called to the park, near St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, at about 9.25pm on Friday (Picture: Facebook)

In a statement the force said: ‘A male (no further details) was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, March 5 in connection with the murder of Jodie Chesney, 17.

‘He remains in custody at this time. Arrangements will be made to transport the male to London in due course.’

A teenager who died after being stabbed in Hale Barns has now been formally identified as 17-year-old Yousef Ghaleb Makki from Burnage.At around 6:40pm yesterday (Saturday 2 March 2019), police were called to Gorse Bank Road to reports that a teenage boy had been stabbed.Officers attended the scene and Yousef was taken to hospital where he sadly died a short time later.His loved ones are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time.A Home Office Post Mortem is due to take place this afternoon and two 17-year-old boys remain in custody being questioned on suspicion of murder.Detectives leading the investigation are appealing for anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Gorse Bank Road or Sunbank Lane to come forward with information.Detective Superintendent Phil Reade, Head of GMP?s Major Incident Team, said: ?This is an incredibly tragic case which has seen a teenage boy sadly lose his life.?Yousef?s family has understandably been left devastated by his death and the thoughts of the entire investigation team remain with them at this difficult time.?A team of dedicated detectives have been working throughout the night and into today trying to establish exactly what happened. The investigation is in its very early stages and we continue to remain open minded about why Yousef was attacked, and we would like to speak to anyone who may have information that can assist.?We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was walking or driving in the vicinity of Gorse Bank Road or Sunbank Lane at around 6:30pm. These people may not realise it but they could hold vital information to assist the investigation and help Yousef?s family get the answers they deserve.?http://www.gmp.police.uk/live/nhoodv3.nsf/TriageWebsitePages/68FC8AF6F4A3574E802583B20053EBA5?OpenDocumentTeenager charged with murder of boy, 17, stabbed to death on way home for tea

In the wake of Jodie’s death, her family have backed calls for tougher sentences on knife crime.

Relative Karen Chesney appealed on Facebook for support for a petition calling for a 10-year jail term for knife possession and 25 years for using a knife.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Parliament petition had been signed more than 33,000 times.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout file photo issued by Metropolitan Police of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney, who was murdered on Friday night in Harold Hill, east London. Her family have backed calls for tougher sentences for knife crime. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday March 5, 2019. See PA story POLICE Stabbing. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Parliament petition had been signed more than 33,000 times (Picture: PA)

Floral tributes near the scene at St Neot's Road in Harold Hill, east London, following the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesneyon on Friday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 3, 2019. See PA story POLICE Stabbing. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Jodie was a Girl Scout and school friends said students at Havering College would be wearing purple next Friday in honour of Jodie and her Barking & Dagenham scout troop colours (Picture: PA)

A total of 100,000 signatures are required before a petition can be considered for debate by MPs.

A post-mortem carried out on Sunday established that the cause of Jodie’s death was trauma and haemorrhage.

Jodie was a Girl Scout and school friends said students at Havering College would be wearing purple next Friday in honour of Jodie and her Barking & Dagenham scout troop colours.

She posted a photograph on Instagram with fellow scouts at 10 Downing Street on Remembrance Day last year, with the caption: ‘I’m basically famous now … this was such a good opportunity and so much fun.’

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