A teenage boy was stabbed to death and another injured by machete attackers near the park where Jodie Chesney was fatally knifed two years ago.
Both boys – believed to be aged between 15 and 16 – were attacked within ten minutes of each other in Romford, east London on Friday night – just yards from where the 17-year-old Girl Scout was randomly murdered in 2019.
Three people have been arrested over last night’s assaults as police continue to investigate.
A witness reported a young boy at the scene of the first attack, at around 6.40pm on Church Road in the Harold Wood area, crying: ‘He died in my arms.’
The second attack happened at 6.51pm at nearby Retford Road, where the victim staggered into a nearby park suffering a chest wound.
A woman today told how she rushed to the aid of the injured teenager in the park.
Met Detectives seal off Church Road in Harold Wood, Romford, East London this afternoon
Police started making local enquiries into the attacks in the Romford area last night
Jodie Chesney (pictured) collapsed and died in a tragic case of mistaken identity after she had been sitting with friends in 2019
Emma Law, 38, a florist, looked out her window and saw a boy lying on the floor with a stab wound.
She said: ‘I just sat down with my dinner and looked out the window and could see someone lying on the floor with someone next to them.
‘I ran over there because you get kids with their bikes and they fall over so I went over to see if they needed anything.
‘There was a boy lying on the floor. He’d been stabbed in the chest. He was about 15 or 16 years old.
‘He kept trying to get up, the boy with him looked a bit younger. He kept trying to get up, saying he needed to go.
‘He was terrified because he said he didn’t want to get into trouble. As he was moving, more blood was coming out of him.
‘We were trying to calm him down and tell him to lie down and he was coming in and out of consciousness.
‘He was saying they used a Zombie knife. He was adamant that it had snapped off in him.
‘He kept saying, I’m gonna die. I’m gonna die. It was so much blood. His pockets were filled up with blood.
‘There were two people walking with a dog who originally found him, and we stayed with him until the ambulance came.’
Ms Law said the boy claimed to have been robbed but refused to say any more about what happened.
She added: ‘I’ve got a boy that’s got the same age as him. I kept looking at him and seeing my boy. It was really awful. ‘
A forensic officer examines a house near the scene of the attack as police investigate
Officers were called to the incident last night, just yards from where Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was murdered
The area where the boy was found is a large residential park in East London, with many of the furniture and and fences painted mauve in tribute to Jodie Chesney, who collapsed and died in a tragic case of mistaken identity after she had been sitting with friends.
There is a tree with ribbon bows and lanterns that inside say ‘end knife crime’.
Earlier, residents told of the aftermath of the first, fatal stabbing at nearby Church Road.
Some said the road had been left ‘covered in blood’, and suggested the victim may have suffered a slashed throat.
Elisabeth Undersett, 60, a retired teacher, said: ‘The first thing I knew that something had happened was the air ambulance going over the house.
‘We came outside the house and saw police and ambulances all over the place.. We knew something bad had happened.
‘My husband was walking home from the park and he walked down the road to speak to the police officers because he’d seen people running to the station so he thought he should tell them.
‘He said there was blood everywhere. They thought something horrendous had happened.
‘A young boy was sat on the wall nearby, very upset, covered in blood.
‘He was saying, ‘he died in my arms’. I’m assuming it was a friend or a relative.
‘But all we know really is that what we’ve heard from my granddaughter who was in Harold Hill with her auntie who heard that there had been a stabbing in Retford Road, the boys had run and had been chased with men with machetes.
‘She told me the little boy who had died near here had been at her school.
‘We don’t have fights usually. I don’t know what was going on but it’s terrible. Nobody could intervene.
‘You would like to think something or someone could have helped.’
A forensic officer examines evidence at the scene of the attack in east London last night
A boy, believed to be in his mid-teens, was treated for a stab injury but died at the scene shortly after 7pm, the force said
A woman, who also lives near Church Road, said: ‘I literally came out to the car to get something when I saw a commotion on the street.
‘I saw a young boy walk by very distressed and the police sat him on the wall. He was black, mid-teens, and completely covered in blood.
‘I was shocked by it all. I went back in. He was very distressed, you couldn’t make out what he said.
‘Like a lot of places, we’ve never had anything like this happen other than the young girl who died a few years ago.
‘It’s normally very quiet. I’m terrified, I’m uncomfortable. I just feel so sorry for the family.’
The Met Police said three people have been arrested as part of its investigation.
A spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 18:41hrs on Friday, 7 May to Church Road following reports of a fight.
‘Officers attended and found a boy, believed to be aged in his mid-teens, suffering from a stab injury. They immediately provided first aid with the assistance of a member of public.
‘The London Ambulance Service (LAS) and London’s Air Ambulance attended. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:07hrs.
‘Officers are in the process of tracing next of kin.
‘Formal identification has not taken place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
‘Police were also called at 18:51hrs to reports of a male stabbed on Retford Road. They attended with the LAS, and found a second boy, also aged in his mid-teens suffering from a stab wound.
‘He was taken to an east London hospital; we await an update on his condition.
‘Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed.
‘A number of crime scenes remain in place.
‘Three people have been arrested in connection with investigation. We await further information.
Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 6572/07May. Alternatively, to remain anonymous contact on 0800 555 111.’