Jodie Chesney: Fourth arrest over fatal stabbing of teenager in east London

A 17-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed in the back in an east London park on 1 March.

The teenager was arrested on Friday and taken to a police station in east London, where he remains in custody.

It follows the arrests of three others, who have all been charged with murder.

Manuel Petrovic, a 20-year-old from Romford; Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 18, from Romford; and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named are due to go on trial for murder at the Old Bailey in September.

A 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham, and a 17-year-old boy were released under investigation after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Police have said that on the night of the fatal attack Jodie, 17, was playing music with five of her friends in Romford when she was approached by two males, one of whom stabbed her in the back. The pair then fled the scene.

She was found in Harold Hill suffering from a stab injury, and was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

A post-mortem gave the cause of Jodie’s death as trauma and haemorrhage.

The attacks come amid a series of fatal stabbings across the UK amid cuts to police forces across the country.

The knife crime surge has prompted Chancellor Philip Hammond to promise an extra £100m to police in England and Wales.

Critics, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, have called the funding a “drop in the ocean”.

The investigation in Jodie’s murder continues, and the Metropolitan police are urging people to come forward with information.

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