UPDATE: Investigation into murder of Jodie Chesney continues

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The investigation into the murder of Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill continues.

An 18-year-old man [C], who was arrested on suspicion of murder on 10 March, remains in custody after a warrant for his further detention was sought and granted.

Three other people – [D] a 50-year-old man; [E] a 38-year-old woman and [F] a 17-year-old boy – who were also arrested on 10 March on suspicion of assisting an offender – have been released under investigation.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 21:25hrs on 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 were informed and a post-mortem examination on 3 March at East Ham mortuary gave cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.

A murder investigation was launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

On 5 March, Manuel Petrovic, 20, (21.12.98), of Highfield Road, Romford was arrested in Leicester. He was charged with murder and remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on 9 March and subsequently at the Old Bailey on 11 March. A trial date of 2 September has been set.

On 8 March, a 16-year-old male [B] from Romford was arrested in London. He was charged with murder and remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on 11 March and subsequently at the Old Bailey on 12 March.

Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


A man has been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill.

Manuel Petrovic, 20 (21.12.98), of Highfield Road, Romford, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, 6 March.

He has been charged with murder and remanded to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 9 March.

A male [no further details] arrested in London on Friday, 8 March on suspicion of murder, remains in custody.

A murder investigation launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) continues.

Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
‘Update From Met Police’


“Havering unite”

Updated 8/3/19

A proud community came together last night in the “Havering unite” march against knife crime. From the young to the old, to council members and Havering’s Council leader Councillor Damian White, all joined forces to stand together against knife crime.

The borough marched united, hand in hand to show the country that they will fight the scourge of knife crime blighting our streets.

“Choose life and drop the knife” were the poignant words of the night as Residents marched together waving purple balloons and wearing their purple ribbons in honour of the murdered Jodie Chesney whose death has left a hole in the heart of every Havering resident.

Thousands marched peacefully in silence through the streets of Romford, occasionally shouting “for Jodie”.

The march ended outside of Romford Police station where several members of the community met with senior officers.

#jodiechesney
#jodiechesney

Purple ribbons and balloons were tied across the police station railings, Havering town hall was especially lit up in purple and the Mercury Mall had purple escalators.

As the crowds waited outside the town hall chants of “stop and search” were heard throughout Romford as the community fights back and stands united against knife crime and to remember Jodie Chesney who’s life was brutally cut short.

Francesca Lilleystone
Senior Reporter

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07/03/19

A man has been arrested in connection with the senseless murder of 17 year old Jodie Chesney in Amy’s park in Harold Hill last week.

Jodie’s murder has left the local community in utter shock with a sense of horror and heartbreak.

Flowers for Jodie Chesney
Flowers for Jodie Chesney

Jodie was with a group of friends in Amy’s park, sitting near the children’s play area when she was approached by two males and in an unprovoked attack, senselessly stabbed in the back.

Despite the paramedics and locals attempts to save her life Jodie died an hour after police officers had been called to the park at 9.25pm.

Her death has left a community with a total sense of despair. No one can quite fathom why, a former Girl Scout and upper sixth form student at Havering Sixth Form College has lost her life in this act of brutal violence.

Local Councillor Jan Sargent told The Enquirer: “I have been working very closely with the Gooshays police team and we recently had a ward panel meeting and I stressed to the local inspector that I would like more police resources in the area.

“I have been extremely concerned about what is going here.

Shock

“The community is in complete shock and sadness, I’d like to express my condolences to Jodie’s family. To lose a young life like this is absolutely tragic.

“We need a 24 hour point of contact, like we used to have when the police station was here. Somewhere we can report incidents, somewhere where we can talk to someone and share intelligence with people.”

Phil Goldsmith, local Salvation Army Officer in Harold Hill said: “It’s incredibly sad and very
shocking for the community.”

Phil’s message to the Mayor of London was: “We do need extra resources for youth services.

They are being slashed and we need to provide more for young people. The police do a brilliant job but we need more of them.”

Jodie’s friends and family have been laying flowers at the park and Friday March 8 with be ‘Purple Friday’ at Havering Sixth Form College, where students have been tying purple ribbons to trees and railing’s in honour of Jodie.

A friend of Jodie who was in her class at college told The Enquirer: “In today’s society, youngsters having fun and being youthful is punishable by death.

“A beautiful young soul who would never harm anyone, has been taken from us. No one deserves this, especially someone who isn’t involved in the hate.

“The saddest part is that Jodie will not be the last, may she rest in peace.”

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