Police investigating the fatal stabbing of a teenage girl in Romford, have named the victim as 17-year-old 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 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.
The suspect who attacked Jodie is described as a black male aged in his late teens. There is no further description of him at this stage, nor is there any description of the other male.
Detectives are urging witnesses or anyone with information to contact police.