Jodie Chesney murder: Police investigating case charge boy, 15, over east London stabbing

Metropolitan Police officers have charged the boy more than a week after Jodie, 17, was killed in a park in Harold Hill, east London.

The teen, who can‘t be named because of his age, will appear at Barkingside Magistrates‘ Court in east London today.

A second teenager, an 18-year-old from Romford, is being held in police custody on suspicion of murdering Jodie, the force said.

He was one of four people arrested on Sunday as part of an operation into the seemingly random attack.

A 50-year-old man and a woman, 38, both from Dagenham, and a 17-year-old boy, were held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

BREAKTHROUGH: A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney (Pic: PA)

TRIBUTES: Flowers and balloons have been left at the spot Jodie was knifed in a random attack (Pic: PA)

PROTEST: Hundreds marched through Harold Hill last week to beg for an end to the violence (Pic: PA)

Police are continuing to investigate the fatal stabbing which took place on March 1 and sparked a further national outcry over knife crime.

Jodie was playing music with friends near a children‘s playground in Harold Hill, Romford when she was stabbed from behind in an apparently motiveless attack.

The popular student died just over an hour after police were called at around 9.25pm.

A post-mortem examination said the Girl Scout‘s cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.

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Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man, Manuel Petrovic of Romford with murder.

He is due to appear at the Old Bailey today.

The Met has asked anyone with information about Jodie‘s death to call Homicide and Major Crime Command‘s Incident Room on 020 8345 3775.

They can also tweet or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Jodie was the fifth teen stabbed to death in the capital so far this year.

Her emotional dad Peter led tributes to the girl, praising the passionate Scout as a “great girl” and “proud geek”.

Speaking to Sky News, he addressed Jodie‘s killers, saying: “You‘ll never know the pain you‘ve caused and the beauty you‘ve taken away.

“They‘ve destroyed something beautiful here. It‘s a disgrace.”

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