Detectives continue to investigate the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old girl in Romford and are asking anyone with information about what took place to contact police.
Although formal identification awaits, police are confident the deceased is Jodie Chesney.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:25hrs on Friday, 1 March, to reports of a stabbing in a park close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
Officers attended and found the teenager suffering from a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at 22:26hrs.
Her next of kin have been informed but officers await formal identification. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross of the East Area Command Unit said:
“Yesterday a 17-year-old girl lost her life, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to this girl’s family and friends. Her death is a tragedy. I can reassure them and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.
“It is days like these that really do highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime.
“The victim was fatally stabbed at 9.25pm last night – Friday, 1 March – in a park off St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill.
“I am urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information about the incident to contact police and share what they know.
“There will be additional police patrols in and around the Harold Hill area in the coming days, and anyone with any information should please speak with those officers.
“Since the middle of last year, we have seen some reductions in knife crime – particularly in relation to people under the age of 25. However we are NOT complacent.
“Bearing down on violent crime on the streets of London is a top priority for the Met, and I am clear that the people of Havering and communities across London have an absolutely vital role to play.
“We need to hear from anyone who has information that could detect or prevent crime. Your information could take a knife off our streets or save a life.