Man charged with murder of Jodie Chesney

A man has been charged with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed in a park in east London.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Highfield Road, Romford, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday in connection with the incident.

He is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Another man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in London on Friday remains in custody, Scotland Yard said.

Purple bows and ribbons were attached to lamp posts and railings in Harold Hill after Jodie's death
Purple bows and ribbons were attached to lamp posts and railings in Harold Hill after Jodie's death (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Jodie was in the park in Harold Hill when she was knifed from behind in a seemingly motiveless attack on March 1.

She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called at about 9.25pm.

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

Her death has added to the urgency for action to be taken to tackle knife crime across the UK.

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