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Stabbing victim Yousef Ghaleb Makki

Stabbing victim Yousef Ghaleb Makki

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Police at the scene on Gorse Bank Road in the village of Hale Barns near Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Police at the scene on Gorse Bank Road in the village of Hale Barns near Altrincham, Greater Manchester

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Police search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, London, close to where teenager Jodie Chesney was stabbed and killed at the weekend

Police search near the scene on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, London, close to where teenager Jodie Chesney was stabbed and killed at the weekend

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Jodie Chesney

Jodie Chesney

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Stabbing victim Yousef Ghaleb Makki

A spate of fatal stabbings of teenagers across England has led the Home Secretary to call for an end to the "senseless violence".

Yesterday, Sajid Javid said the Home Office was taking action to tackle crime, including meeting police chiefs to discuss what more can be done.

His comments came in the wake of a number of instances of teenagers being stabbed to death across England, including a 17-year-old girl in London and a boy, also aged 17, in a village near Manchester in recent days.

Mr Javid said: "Young people are being murdered across the country and it can't go on.

"We're taking action on many fronts and I'll be meeting police chiefs this week to hear what more can be done."

He added: "It is vital that we unite to stop this senseless violence."

The Home Office said Mr Javid will chair the second chief constables' round table on Wednesday, aimed at sharing experience and policing strategies for tackling violent crime.

The 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in the village of Hale Barns, near Altrincham, on Saturday night was named by police as Yousef Ghaleb Makki.

Two other boys, both also aged 17, remain in police custody on suspicion of his murder.

The family of Yousef, who was from Burnage on the outskirts of Manchester, have been left "devastated" by the loss of the teenager, Detective Superintendent Phil Reade said.

His death follows the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in an east London park on Friday night in what her family branded a "totally random and unprovoked attack".

Jodie was the 18th homicide in the capital in 2019, a total that now stands at 20.

Jodie's uncle, Dave Chesney, told ITV News on Sunday that the family had lost a "beautiful, lovely and quirky" girl.

The Metropolitan Police said Jodie had been with a group of five other teenagers playing music and socialising in a park on Friday evening.

"Jodie's group were aware of two males in the park who left at around 2100hrs without interacting with Jodie or her friends," the force said.

"Around 30 minutes later the pair returned to the park and walked straight towards the group, where one of the males stabbed Jodie once in the back.

"Nothing was said by the two suspects, who ran off in the direction of Retford Road.

"The suspect who attacked Jodie is described as a black male aged in his late teens.

"There is no further description of him at this stage, nor is there any description of the other male."

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