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‘Do the right thing’ – family of murdered Jodie plea for help to catch killer

Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in an apparently motiveless attack.

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17-year-old Jodie Chesney (Metropolitan Police)

17-year-old Jodie Chesney (Metropolitan Police)

17-year-old Jodie Chesney (Metropolitan Police)

The family of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney have made an emotional appeal for someone “to do the right thing” and help catch her killer.

Jodie was playing music with friends near a children’s playground at Harold Hill, east London, on Friday when she was knifed in the back in a seemingly motiveless attack.

The A-level student’s father, Peter Chesney, said: “The message is just do the right thing. Someone knows who did this… the person needs to be caught. Jodie needs justice.

“We need for Jodie to have justice. No one thinks this is OK. Surely nobody who knows the guy who did this thinks it is OK.”

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Family members father Peter, stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Family members father Peter, stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Family members father Peter, stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Speaking at New Scotland Yard on Thursday, Mr Chesney added: “You can’t get kudos for stabbing a 17-year-old in the back. So, just dob them in, grass them up, this is not alright.

“It was obviously a murder as well, it wasn’t an accident… it was so ferocious the attack. She lost so much blood. This was on purpose, someone meant to murder her.”

A 20-year-old man arrested in Leicester on suspicion of murder remains in police custody. Police said an application to extend his detention was granted by magistrates on Thursday.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

He said: “The 20-year-old arrested is a white male and continues to assist us with our enquiries.

“However I ask the public and those in the local area to contact us if they suspect anyone of having any involvement in this terrible incident. Is there anyone you know who is acting differently from usual? Have they become withdrawn?

“Maybe they’ve become nervous and have shown character changes that are unusual. If you suspect something may be amiss then you need to let us know.”

He said up to four people could have been involved.

He said: “I think day-by-day as the investigation progresses we get closer and closer to the truth, and closer to identifying who they are.

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Stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney at New Scotland Yard (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney at New Scotland Yard (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney at New Scotland Yard (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“I believe there’s more than two of them involved, possibly up to four, and that one of them is black and one of them is white – definitely.”

Of her murder, he said: “This is one of the worst that I have come across in a way because it is a 17-year-old girl who has done absolutely nothing to warrant this.

“Normally there is a reason – whatever that reason may be and however perverse we think that reason is – the person that’s done this attempts to justify why they’ve done it, there is no reason that I can see here, it is completely motiveless.”

Asked what Jodie was like, Mr Chesney said she was a “proud geek” and a “great girl”, and added: “The fibre of her being was just about being good, kind… there was nothing bad in her body.”

He said Jodie’s death has torn the family apart and that they are “a mess”, adding: “We don’t know how to deal with it.

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“Everyone is suffering because she was so good… everyone just can’t believe – why her? It is not one life deserves to be killed over another, but specifically her, she was so kind.”

Her stepmother Joanne said Jodie, who did not realise how popular she was, was “very dry” and “did not have a filter”, who said exactly what she thought whether someone wanted to hear it or not.

Asked for their thoughts on the calls for tougher sentences for those who carry and use knives, Mr Chesney said “that would do it – 100%”.

In a statement released later through police, Mr Chesney said the teenager was “minding her own business” when she was attacked.

He said: “Jodie’s friends have told us there was no altercation. My daughter was just sat in a park, minding her own business.”

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People march through Romford town centre to protest the fatal stabbing of Jodie Chesney (Victoria Jones/PA)

People march through Romford town centre to protest the fatal stabbing of Jodie Chesney (Victoria Jones/PA)

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People march through Romford town centre to protest the fatal stabbing of Jodie Chesney (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mr Chesney, who was wearing a purple ribbon pinned to his chest that was made by Jodie’s friends, said many of her peers are dying their hair purple in her honour.

People taking part in a Thursday evening march through Romford, which called for an end to knife crime, also wore purple ribbons and carried purple balloons.

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