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Jodie Chesney: Tributes to girl, 17, stabbed to death in east London park | UK News



Friends have paid tribute on social media to a 17-year-old girl stabbed to death in a park in east London.

Cries of “help me” were heard as Jodie Chesney was attacked at a children’s play area in Harold Hill, Romford, on Friday night.

A witness told Sky News she heard arguing and a “disturbing” scream before police were called by paramedics to the area – known as Amy’s park – at 9.25pm and found the girl with a stab injury.

She was pronounced dead an hour later.

“At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

A 17-year-old girl has been stabbed to death in a park in Havering, east London
The teenager was stabbed to death in a park in Havering, east London

Krystle Pasha, who lives close to the scene, told Sky News: “I heard a lot of loud arguing, a lot of loud noise, shouting, followed by a really loud scream.

“The scream was very disturbing to hear. Then I heard someone shouting out; ‘Help me, help me’.”

Ms Pasha said she looked outside but could not see anyone, before police and ambulance crews arrived.

She said young people were often in the park at night, where there is no lighting, but that the area is not known to have a gang problem.

“To hear what I heard last night, and to have it right opposite me, is very upsetting indeed,” Ms Pasha said.

Forensic officers inspect the scene where a 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death
Forensic officers inspect the crime scene

Paul Farenden, 54, said his wife had rushed to the scene after hearing screaming from her home.

“My wife asked if everything was alright and one of the boys said ‘no, my girlfriend has been stabbed’,” he said.

“She put her in the recovery position and waited for the ambulance to turn up. I think she tried to resuscitate her.

“She thought it was all over then and it would be alright.”

But Mr Farenden said they later heard the teenager had died.

He said his wife was “dealing with it better than she was last night”, adding: “She was shocked with the amount of blood there.

“Normally you do not see anything like this in the park. Hopefully they will get someone for it. This just should not happen.”

Forensic officers inspect the scene where a 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death
The stabbing happened in a park known as Amy’s park

Hairdresser Ellie Best, who moved to the area for the “good strong community”, said: “It is becoming more and more like central London here.

“Children did not fight or anything and you did not hear of people being mugged. There has never been knife crime here before – it is just in the last six or seven months.

“I worry for the younger youths. Police need to talk to them about the dangers of carrying knives because the message is not getting through.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “devastated” by the “tragic and senseless” loss of life, adding: “It fills me with anger that violent criminals are targeting young Londoners with their whole lives before them.”

He said later: “There are people who know who are responsible. My message to them is to please contact the police. It is important that justice is done.”

Friends of the victim left flowers at the scene, with one message reading: “We love you. You are in all of our hearts.”

Another message said: “You are so strong. We will always remember you.”

Flowers were left at the scene of the stabbing
Flowers were left at the scene of the stabbing

Police said earlier that the victim’s family had been informed.

Acting detective chief superintendent John Ross said there would be extra police patrols in the area in the coming days.

“I am urging any witnesses – anyone who saw anything suspicious – or anyone with any information about the incident to contact police and share what they know,” he said.

The death of the 17-year-old means there have now been 18 homicides in London this year, but Jodie Chesney is the first teenage girl to die.

Last year, two 17-year-old girls and one 18-year-old woman were murdered in the capital.

The latest killing comes after a 20-year-old man – Che Morrison – was stabbed to death outside Ilford train station, east London on Tuesday evening.

A 19-year-old man – Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck – was also fatally stabbed by a gang riding bikes in Wood Green, north London last week.

Police said he was chased into a hair salon by men armed with a firearm, knives and a samurai sword and the killing was witnessed by several people, including children.

A day earlier, a 23-year-old man – Glendon Spence – was stabbed to death in Brixton, south London, at a youth club which had children as young as seven inside.

Earlier this week, police in Birmingham introduced temporary powers to allow officers to stop and search anyone “without reasonable grounds” after three fatal stabbings in the city in a fortnight.

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