Boyfriend ‘did all he could’ to save ‘murdered’ girl, 17

Jodie Chesney died as a result of her injuries, prompting a huge search for her killers in Havering, east London

A devoted boyfriend desperately tried to save his teenage sweetheart after she was stabbed in a random attack in east London.

Tragically Jodie Chesney died as a result of her injuries following the attack in Howard Hill, Havering, last night.

A witness has described how the 17-year-old’s boyfriend “did everything he could” to save her.

Jodie was pronounced dead shortly before 10.30pm after being knifed so hard that the blade snapped.

Mum-of-three Teresa Farenden, 49, and her pal Kelly Smith, 36, ran to the park to try and save Jodie after Teresa’s son heard shouting and screaming.

Teresa said: “It is so traumatic – she is not going to have any children, she is not going to get married – it has all been taken away.

“She was such an attractive girl and her boyfriend was a lovely looking lad.”

When the two women entered the park, they found the victim lying on her back and moaning with her boyfriend by her side.

They put her in the recovery position, tried CPR and called for an ambulance – but said she died shortly after paramedics arrived at the scene in Amy’s Play Site in Harold Hill, Havering, on Friday.

She was pronounced dead at 10.26pm

Teresa said: “People are scared to help, but all I was thinking with my mother’s instinct was ‘I need to help’.

“Her boyfriend did everything he could. When I came over she was on her back so I moved her onto her side.

“Then the boyfriend’s friend came over with some kitchen roll.

“Then there was another girl and a man came over in a van to help and took his coat off to keep it on the wound and keep it compressed as much as they could.

“I think he was the dad of one of the boyfriend’s friends.

“I was just trying to keep her legs in the recovery position because she was heavy, like a dead weight.

“Just as the ambulance crew turned up, she had gone. It was devastating.”

Teresa continued: “It just seems so random; it must’ve been horrific for her boyfriend and those other young people there to experience.

“My son was playing his X-box but he turned the volume down because he heard a lot of screaming over there.

“It must have been about 9.20pm; I was watching Vera on the telly before going into the kitchen.

“It is just unreal – I think ‘God, it could have been my daughter.’”

It is understood that Jodie was studying for her A-levels at Havering Sixth Form College.

Police have stepped up patrols in the area and appealed for help in tracking those responsible down.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent John Ross, of the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said: “Yesterday a 17-year-old girl lost her life, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to this girl’s family and friends.

“Her death is a tragedy. I can reassure them and the whole community that we are doing everything possible to identify and bring to justice the person or persons responsible.

“It is days like these that really do highlight how we must continue to work tirelessly with our partners and the public to tackle knife crime.

“The victim was fatally stabbed at 9.25pm last night in a park in Harold Hill.

“I am urging any witnesses, anyone who saw anything suspicious or anyone with information about the incident to contact police and share what they know.”