A second arrest has been made as detectives continue to investigate the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in Romford.
A male was arrested in London this morning, Friday, 8 March on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody.
A 20-year-old man arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, 6 March remains in custody.
Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 9.25pm 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 Jodie suffering from a stab injury. She was pronounced dead at 22:26hrs.
Her next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination on Sunday, 3 March, at East Ham mortuary gave cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.
A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).
Initial enquiries have established that Jodie was with a group of five other teenagers playing music and socialising in the park on Friday evening.
Jodie’s group were aware of two males in the park who left at around 2100hrs without interacting with Jodie or her friends. Around 30 minutes later the pair returned to the park and walked straight towards the group, where one of the males stabbed Jodie once in the back.
Nothing was said by the two suspects, who ran off in the direction of Retford Road.
Yesterday, the family of Jodie Chesney made an emotional appeal for information, speaking of their pain and disbelief. They have called on anyone who might know something about her “outrageously violent” murder to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams – who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a savage, evil attack. We’re progressing well with the investigation and continue to ask the public to assist us.
“At this time, there being no clear motive is very unusual. We retain an open mind and can’t rule anything out.
I ask the public and those in the local area to contact us if they suspect anyone of having any involvement in this terrible incident. Is there anyone you know who is acting differently from usual? Have they become withdrawn? Maybe they’ve become nervous and have shown character changes that are unusual. If you suspect something may be amiss then you need to let us know.”
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.