Jodie Chesney murder detectives given more time to question teenager

Detectives investigating the murder of Jodie Chesney have been given more time to question an 18-year-old suspect over her death.

The 17-year-old girl scout was fatally stabbed in a park in Harold Hill, east London, on March 1 as she listened to music with a group of friends.

A man and a boy have been charged with her murder – Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Highfield Road, Romford, and a 16-year-old who cannot be named are both due to face trial at the Old Bailey in September.

Stabbing scene
Purple bows and ribbons have been attached to railings where Jodie Chesney was stabbed (Jonathan Brady/PA)

An 18-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of murder on March 10 remains in custody after Metropolitan Police officers were given a warrant for his further detention, which expires on Wednesday evening.

Another three people – a 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham, and a 17-year-old boy who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have all been released under investigation.

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