Two teenagers injured in knife brawl in east London arrested on suspicion of murder


A pair of teenagers who were injured in a mass knife brawl have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a boy, 16, was stabbed to death in a London park on Friday.

Police were called to the machete fight scene in Romford just yards away from where Jodie Chesney was murdered two years ago, at 6.40pm on Friday. 

A boy aged 16 was treated for a stab injury but died at the scene on Church Road shortly after 7pm, the force said.

A pair of teenagers who were injured in a mass knife brawl have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a boy, 16, was stabbed to death in a London park on Friday, Pictured: Met Detectives seal off Church Road in Harold Wood, Romford, East London this afternoon

A pair of teenagers who were injured in a mass knife brawl have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a boy, 16, was stabbed to death in a London park on Friday, Pictured: Met Detectives seal off Church Road in Harold Wood, Romford, East London this afternoon

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at 11am on Sunday.

Officers were also called shortly after 6.50pm to reports of another stabbing on the nearby Retford Road.

A second boy aged 15 was found suffering from a stab wound and was taken to an east London hospital where he remains, though his condition is not life threatening.

He has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

A 17-year-old boy who suffered a stab injury was also admitted to an east London hospital, where he remains, and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray and has been bailed pending further inquiries to a date in early June. 

A woman today told how she rushed to the aid of the injured teenager in the park. 

Police started making local enquiries into the attacks in the Romford area last night

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

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.

A forensic officer examines a house near the scene of the attack as police investigate

A forensic officer examines a house near the scene of the attack as police investigate

‘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.’ 

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. ‘ 

Officers were called to the incident last night, just yards from where Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was murdered

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. 

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.’ 

‘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 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 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.  

‘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.’ 

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 6572/07May. Alternatively, to remain anonymous contact on 0800 555 111.’ 



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