A man has been arrested in Leicester in connection with the murder of teenager Jodie Chesney, the Metropolitan Police has said.
Jodie, 17, was with friends near a children’s playground in Harold Hill, east London when she was approached by two males and knifed in the back in a seemingly motiveless attack. She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called to the park at 9.25pm on Friday.
In a statement the force said: “A male was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday, March 5 in connection with the murder of Jodie Chesney, 17.
“He remains in custody at this time. Arrangements will be made to transport the male to London in due course.”
In the wake of Jodie’s death, her family have backed calls for tougher sentences on knife crime.
A post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday established that the cause of Jodie’s death was trauma and haemorrhage.