David Beckham’s former bodyguard tried to save life of student, 17, who was stabbed in street

David Beckham’s former bodyguard has revealed how he desperately tried to save the life of an A* private school student stabbed to death on Saturday night.

Paul Hughes said Yousef Makki, 17, ‘looked like a small child’ as he lay dying in the street in Hale Barns, Manchester. 

Recalling his frantic attempts to revive the boy, Mr Hughes, who worked with the Beckhams for 12 years, ‘We laid Yousef on the road, so he was flat and tried to make him as comfortable as possible.

Paul Hughes laid flowers today at the spot where Yousef Makki died in his arms on Saturday

Paul Hughes laid flowers today at the spot where Yousef Makki died in his arms on Saturday

Paul Hughes laid flowers today at the spot where Yousef Makki died in his arms on Saturday

Paul Hughes and his colleague tried to make Yousef as 'comfortable as possible' after the teenager was stabbed

Paul Hughes and his colleague tried to make Yousef as 'comfortable as possible' after the teenager was stabbed

Yousef was an A* sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School

Yousef was an A* sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School

David Beckham’s former bodyguard Paul Hughes, pictured left at the scene yesterday, has revealed how he tried to save the life of Yousef Makki, 17, right, after he was stabbed

Mr Hughes, pictured with David Beckham at Neville Neville's funeral in 2015, put Yousef in the recovery position but couldn't save the A* pupil

Mr Hughes, pictured with David Beckham at Neville Neville's funeral in 2015, put Yousef in the recovery position but couldn't save the A* pupil

Mr Hughes, pictured with David Beckham at Neville Neville’s funeral in 2015, put Yousef in the recovery position but couldn’t save the A* pupil

‘We put him in the recovery position, tried to do what we could for him, but it wasn’t enough. Unfortunately, it was too serious. It must have gone straight through his heart or lungs.’ 

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Hughes said he was at Yousef side ‘within three or four minutes to give him first aid.’

He said: ‘I had a difibulator [to restart his heart] but there was nothing we could do because he had such a serious chest wound.

‘He looked like a little child as he was lying there dying. He looked no more than 14 years old. It was heart-breaking.’ 

Yousef was an A* sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School, where alumni include former England cricket captain Mike Atherton.

The teenager is thought to have received a scholarship to attend the school, where fees are in excess of £12,000 a year and had wanted to be a heart surgeon.

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They are both also pupils at prestigious schools in the North West and are believed to live in multi-million pound homes in the area.

Yousef (pictured) lived in a modest mid-terrace former council house about ten miles away in Burnage, Manchester

Yousef (pictured) lived in a modest mid-terrace former council house about ten miles away in Burnage, Manchester

Yousef Makki

Yousef Makki

Yousef (pictured) was stabbed at 6.40pm on Saturday in a quiet, tree-lined residential street in Hale Barns, a village known for its well-heeled residents

Yousef was stabbed at 6.40pm on Saturday in a quiet, tree-lined residential street in Hale Barns, a village known for its well-heeled residents. 

Those with homes nearby include a string of sports stars and classical singer Russell Watson.

By contrast, Yousef lived in a modest mid-terrace former council house about ten miles away in Burnage, Manchester. 

Yousef, pictured, wanted to be a heart surgeon and it is thought he had a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School

Yousef, pictured, wanted to be a heart surgeon and it is thought he had a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School

Yousef, pictured, wanted to be a heart surgeon and it is thought he had a scholarship to Manchester Grammar School

His mother is English, while his father is believed to be from Lebanon.

Today his devastated family paid tribute to their ‘loving’ son who had ‘everything to look forward too’ and ‘a promising life ahead of him.’

In a heartfelt statement, they said: ‘Yousef was a loving and caring son and brother and he meant the world to his family.

‘He was a sporty young man, a dedicated student and so bright. He had everything to look forward to.

‘We are absolutely devastated and cannot believe that our son has gone. This senseless loss has affected the whole community.

‘Yousef had only phoned home hours earlier to say that he would be home for his tea, but the next knock at the door were officers with the tragic news, it is every parent’s worst nightmare.

‘We would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police and to help us find out what has happened on Saturday evening.

‘Only recently had we talked about his promising life ahead of him and how he was looking forward to life. He was a promising student and loved by everyone.’

Former bodyguard Mr Hughes also revealed to the Telegraph that he met Yousef’s parents and they ‘thanked’ him and his colleague for being ‘with their son at the end.’ 

He also told MailOnline that the situation is ‘out of control’ and that there ‘aren’t enough police officers on the streets any more.’ 

Mr Hughes, who runs Benchmark Security, said: ‘There just aren’t enough police officers on the streets any more. The officers do their best but the police are so under resourced.

Pupils gather and lay tributes to Yousef outside Manchester Grammar School this morning, leaving flowers and pictures of the 17-year-old

Pupils gather and lay tributes to Yousef outside Manchester Grammar School this morning, leaving flowers and pictures of the 17-year-old

Pupils gather and lay tributes to Yousef outside Manchester Grammar School this morning, leaving flowers and pictures of the 17-year-old

Floral tributes have been laid next to a tree close to where the teenager was stabbed to death in Hale Barns

Floral tributes have been laid next to a tree close to where the teenager was stabbed to death in Hale Barns

Floral tributes have been laid next to a tree close to where the teenager was stabbed to death in Hale Barns

Handwritten tributes have been left at the scene following the killing on Saturday. Friends of Yousef have also been paying tribute on social media

Handwritten tributes have been left at the scene following the killing on Saturday. Friends of Yousef have also been paying tribute on social media

Handwritten tributes have been left at the scene following the killing on Saturday. Friends of Yousef have also been paying tribute on social media

‘On Saturday they were police officers coming from all over Manchester because of the stabbing. Hale Barns has two or three dedicated police officers. It’s not enough.

‘My firm gives private security to five or six streets to protect their houses because there are not enough police.

‘The situation is totally out of control. We need to give the police the resources they need. And we need people to go into the schools and try to turn the kids away from knife crime.

Crowdfunder raises more than £15,000 for Yousef Makki’s family 

A gofundme page set up by Yousef’s friends has raised more than £15,000.

Members of the public and Yousef’s friends have flooded the page with heartfelt tributes over the weekend.

Some people commented saying they knew the teenager, or friends of his.

Kathy Hughes wrote: ‘I have very fond memories of Yousef having taught him at primary school. 

‘A bright, caring and considerate boy. Such heart breaking news. My thoughts are with his family. X

Others donated to help a grieving family and said it would be ‘absolutely devestating’ to lose a child in this way.

Nermine Zidan said: ‘As a mother of three, my words really fail to express my feelings. May his pure young soul rest in peace.’  

Lisa Buxton said: ‘I donated because I have children and to lose one of them in this way would be absolutely devastating.’

‘Maybe we should show them shock and awe – what happens to families when a boy is killed and another lad goes to jail. It ends up ruining two families – the victim and the killer.’ 

Forensic work continued at the murder scene yesterday.

One resident said of the scene on Saturday night: ‘It was like Blackpool Illuminations with all the lights. The boy was leaning against a tree outside. 

‘By the time we came out to the drive the police were there. They told us to get back inside and in the end we weren’t allowed to leave until about 9pm.

‘The police response was excellent – I can’t fault that. 

‘Staff from two private security firms were also out here so I presume they had been alerted to something going on. Lots of the houses here have CCTV.

‘There have been a couple of bad break-ins round here so people will have been on the lookout, but this is not what you expect.’

Yousef, who lived with his mother Deborah, 54, and 15-year-old brother Mazen – his father Ghaleb is thought to be Lebanese –   was taken to hospital after the attack, but died soon afterwards. 

Police said there was no evidence the attack was linked to organised crime or gangs. There was, however, speculation in Hale Barns that it was linked to a row over drugs. 

A neighbour said yesterday: ‘He was a lovely lad, a dedicated A* student who wanted to be a heart surgeon.

‘He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. I think he was in Hale Barns because he has friends there. They are a beautiful family … it’s very sad. Everyone here is devastated.’

Police said there was no evidence the attack was linked to organised crime or gang activity

Police said there was no evidence the attack was linked to organised crime or gang activity

Police said there was no evidence the attack was linked to organised crime or gang activity

Police seized two mountain bikes on Sunday morning close to the scene of Yousef's stabbing  

Police seized two mountain bikes on Sunday morning close to the scene of Yousef's stabbing  

Police seized two mountain bikes on Sunday morning close to the scene of Yousef’s stabbing  

The neighbour, who did not wish to be named, added: ‘I used to see him every morning checking his hair before he went [to school]. He could have been someone.

‘It’s just a shame for a young lad with so much potential to have his life taken so young.’ 

Friends of the schoolboy have been uploading tributes to social media. One wrote alongside a montage of images: ‘RIP Makki one of the realist on the team it’s hard to believe you are gone. Rest easy Makki.’

A gofundme page has been set up by Yousef’s friends and by Monday afternoon it had raised more than £15,000.

It had been flooded with tributes by friends and members of the public who have made donations.

Friends of the schoolboy have been uploading tributes to social media. One wrote alongside a montage of images: 'RIP Makki one of the realist on the team it's hard to believe you are gone. Rest easy Makki'

Friends of the schoolboy have been uploading tributes to social media. One wrote alongside a montage of images: 'RIP Makki one of the realist on the team it's hard to believe you are gone. Rest easy Makki'

Friends of the schoolboy have been uploading tributes to social media. One wrote alongside a montage of images: ‘RIP Makki one of the realist on the team it’s hard to believe you are gone. Rest easy Makki’

Kathy Hughes wrote: ‘I have very fond memories of Yousef having taught him at primary school. 

‘A bright, caring and considerate boy. Such heart breaking news. My thoughts are with his family. X’

‘Terri’ wrote: ‘Such a kind and thoughtful young man with a beautiful smile who always wanted to do the right thing.’

And Carole wrote: ‘My son attends MGS (Manchester Grammar School) and said Yousef always helped with the Friday assembly. 

Yousef (pictured) was taken to hospital after the attack, but died soon afterwards

Yousef (pictured) was taken to hospital after the attack, but died soon afterwards

Police said there was no evidence the attack on Yousef (pictured) was linked to organised crime or gangs

Police said there was no evidence the attack on Yousef (pictured) was linked to organised crime or gangs

Yousef (pictured) was taken to hospital after the attack, but died soon afterwards. Police said there was no evidence the attack was linked to organised crime or gangs

Two forensic tents and emergency services at the scene of the crime on Sunday morning 

Two forensic tents and emergency services at the scene of the crime on Sunday morning 

Two forensic tents and emergency services at the scene of the crime on Sunday morning 

‘Devastated for his family and my thoughts are with his MGS teachers and friends. I hope one day his family can gain some comfort from the messages on here x’   

Detective Superintendent Phil Reade, head of the Greater Manchester Police major incident team, called the case ‘incredibly tragic’.

‘Yousef’s family has understandably been left devastated by his death and the thoughts of the entire team remain with them at this difficult time,’ he said.

‘Detectives have been working throughout the night trying to establish exactly what happened. The investigation is in its very early stages and we continue to remain open-minded about why Yousef was attacked.’ 

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, who is leading the investigation, appealed for anyone with information to come forward and to send in dashcam footage if they were in the area.

He said: ‘Don’t do it for me, do it for his family who tonight, and every night from now on, will have to go to sleep knowing they’ll never see Yousef again.’  

A string of tributes to the schoolboy were posted online. Tanya Daly wrote: ‘RIP Yousef Makki, what a lovely young man from a loving family.

A gofundme page was set up to contribute to Yousef's funeral. It is aiming to raise £15,000

A gofundme page was set up to contribute to Yousef's funeral. It is aiming to raise £15,000

A gofundme page was set up to contribute to Yousef’s funeral. It is aiming to raise £15,000

Yousef was a sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School (pictured) where alumni include former England cricket captain Mike Atherton

Yousef was a sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School (pictured) where alumni include former England cricket captain Mike Atherton

Yousef was a sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School (pictured) where alumni include former England cricket captain Mike Atherton

‘My love and thoughts go out to them.’

Ayla Oglu added: ‘He was such a good lad, very clever and caring. He could have gone to the best universities, why did it have to end like that? Absolutely gutted.’

Yousef’s family were too upset to comment this morning.

The stabbing of Yousef came just hours after a girl was killed in the Havering Borough of London on Sunday.

Jodie Chesney, 17, was knifed in the back in an unprovoked in a park in Harold Hill.

Her death was the 18th stabbing killing in the capital in 2019. 

Speaking today, Theresa May insisted there was ‘no direct correlation’ between police cuts and knife crime and stressed there was a ‘cross-Government’ response to the problem.

Speaking to reporters in Salisbury she said: ‘If you look at the figures, what you see is that there’s no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers.

‘What matters is how we ensure that police are responding to these criminal acts when they take place, that people are brought to justice.

‘But what also matters is, as a Government, that we look at the issues which underpin, that underlie, this use of knives and that we act on those.

‘That’s a cross-Government approach, it’s not just about the police, it’s about the whole of Government and it’s the whole of Government that’s responding.’

A map of the UK showing the death toll from knife murders in the UK which has so far hit 21

A map of the UK showing the death toll from knife murders in the UK which has so far hit 21

A map of the UK showing the death toll from knife murders in the UK which has so far hit 21

The Prime Minister said: ‘I recognise the concern that people have about what we have seen in terms of knife crime and the terrible attacks that have taken place.’

She added: ‘This is something which, yes, obviously there is a police response when a crime takes place, but we actually also need to address this across the causes of knife crime – why it is that so many young people are carrying knives.

‘A lot of this is gang-related, some of it will be drugs-related, there are a wide variety of issues that need to be addressed here and that’s what the Government is doing.’ 

The murders follow the fatal stabbings of three teenagers in a fortnight in Birmingham, which led to West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson declaring a ‘national emergency’. 

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has promised to meet chief constables as he came under intense pressure to end the bloodshed. 

Shocking figures today reveal the shocking scale of the youth knife crime crisis after another weekend of carnage on Britain’s streets.

New statistics show the number of under-16s treated in hospital for stab wounds has nearly doubled in five years.

Doctors are battling to save three children a day on average as knife crime rates soar to the highest level since the Second World War.

Former Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe accused ministers of failing to get to grips with a ‘national crisis’ and of leaving police ‘in the Dark Ages’.

The full list of 20 murders in London so far this year – including five in just the last week

Here is a list of of the 20 murders in London so far in 2019:

  1. January 1: Charlotte Huggins, 33, is believed to have been the first homicide victim in London in 2019. She was stabbed in Camberwell, south-east London, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
  2. January 1: Later that day, security guard Tudor Simionov, also 33, was stabbed to death at about 5.30am as he tried to prevent gatecrashers storming a private party in Park Lane, central London.
  3. January 4: Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, was found murdered in her home in Rainham, east London. Her husband, Garikayi Moula, was found hanged. Police were not seeking anyone else in connection with the murder.
  4. January 5: Sarah Ashraf, 35, was found dead in a home in the Isle of Dogs, east London. A 32-year-old man was charged with murder.
  5. January 8: Just 14 years old, Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London.
  6. January 11: Asma Begum, 31, was found with a neck injury in a property City Island Way, Tower Hamlets. A 46-year-old man was charged with murder.
  7. January 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, was found stabbed to death in a shared house in Acton, west London.
  8. January 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, was the victim of a knife attack in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London.
  9. February 3: A 46-year-old man was found dead at a medical facility in Highgate, north London. A 21-year-old was charged with murder.
  10. February 5: Lejean Richards, 19, was fatally stabbed in Battersea, south-west London.
  11. February 10: A man, believed to be in his 30s, was found fatally stabbed in East Dulwich, south-east London.
  12. February 18: Bright Akinleye dies after walking into a hotel reception in Camden, north London, with stab wounds.
  13. February 19: Brian Wieland, 69, found dead with multiple head injuries at his home in Chingford, east London.
  14. February 21: Glendon Spence, 23, was killed outside a youth club in Brixton, south London. Police have charged two 17-year-olds with murder.
  15. February 22: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, was murdered in Wood Green, Haringey. Police said that he and a another man, aged 20, were both found with stab wounds.
  16. February 25: Spaniard David Lopez-Fernandez, 38, was pronounced dead after being found with stab wounds at an address in Globe Road in Tower Hamlets, east London. A 36-year-old man was charged with murder.
  17. February 26: Che Morrison, 20, died after being stabbed to death outside Ilford station in east London.
  18. March 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death in an east London park.
  19. March 2: A 50-year-old was found dead with fatal knife injuries at a property in Hendon, north-west London. A 54-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion murder.
  20. March 2: A baby girl, aged three months, was found dead at a residential address in Croydon. A 40-year-old woman has been charged with murder.

An investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches into Wild West Britain, to be broadcast tonight, looked at hospital and police data to uncover the shocking rise in children being caught up in knife crime.

NHS data shows that 1,029 teenagers aged 19 or under were treated for assaults with knives or other sharp objects across England and Wales last year – up from 55 per cent from five years ago.

More than two-thirds of the knife-related injuries were treated in hospitals outside London, the NHS Digital figures show. It follows Office of National Statistics data showing there is almost twice as much knife crime outside of London compared to in the capital.

Separate police data obtained by the programme under Freedom of Information laws demonstrates that the number of teenage perpetrators of crimes involving blades has also risen.

The number of knife killers under the age of 18 leapt by 77 per cent between 2016 and 2018, from 26 offenders to 46.

A breakdown of age-related data from 21 police forces shows that the proportion of youths committing knife-point robberies has increased by 50 per cent, from 656 offences in 2016 to 999 in 2018. In the same period, the number of teenage rapes and sexual assaults using a knife increased from 24 to 33.

Lord Hogan-Howe told Dispatches: ‘I have to admit to being shocked by the huge rise in the number of young people being stabbed.

‘It’s incredibly worrying and something we should all be concerned about… This is clearly a national crisis.’

The retired top officer called for an extra 20,000 police officers to flood socially deprived areas, saying: ‘We need to increase police numbers in these places and reduce the drug supply into the UK and its distribution, including by county lines.

‘Our technology is in the Dark Ages. What we need is great facial recognition and behavioural science software that helps officers to find who and when to search.’

Lord Hogan-Howe added: ‘I just don’t see anybody getting a grip of this crisis. The Government needs to appoint somebody who is going to lead it day after day.

‘Call it a knife crime tsar if you like but somebody who is going to make sure we get knives off the street and save lives.’

Policing minister Nick Hurd said: ‘One of the big challenges underpinning is the reality that for too many young people, particularly in our big cities, carrying a knife now feels normal.’

Mr Javid added: ‘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. It is vital that we unite to stop this senseless violence.’

Britain’s Knife Crisis: Young, Armed and Dangerous, tonight at 8pm, Channel 4.

Girl Scout Jodie Chesney, 17, ‘may have been murdered in a case of mistaken identity’ by teenage killer who knifed her in the back without saying a word as she listened to music in the park 

Jodie Chesney, 17, was brutally stabbed to death in a park in Romford last night

Jodie Chesney, 17, was brutally stabbed to death in a park in Romford last night

Jodie Chesney, 17, was brutally stabbed to death in a park in Romford last night

ByRoss Ibbetsonand Zoie O’brienand Tim Stickings For Mailonline   

The 17-year-old girl scout stabbed to death on Friday was killed in cold blood as two men walked straight up to her and one of them knifed her in the back, police have revealed. 

Jodie Chesney was murdered while playing music with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Eddie Coyle, and four other friends in Harold Hill, Romford. 

Friends say the shocking killing may have been a case of mistaken identity and Jodie had no connection to any local gangs.

Police have said the killer was a black teenager who had been in the park with another man earlier in the evening, before returning at 9.30pm and stabbing Ms Chesney in the back. 

The two suspects then ran off while her heartbroken boyfriend screamed for help and ‘stroked and kissed her face’ as she lay bleeding to death, witnesses have said.  

Mr Coyle left an emotional message on a card nearby, saying: ‘Jodie you are the best thing that could have happened in my life. I will love you always and you will forever be in my heart beautiful.’ 

Jodie’s mother Claire Gillham also left flowers at the scene of the murder today while her grandmother called for an end to ‘needless violence’. 

Detectives are appealing for further witnesses but have yet to make any arrests. 

A post-mortem at East Ham mortuary today confirmed her cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage, Scotland Yard said.  

Claire Gillham, mother of Jodie Chesney (far right) pays her respects at the scene at St Neots Road, Harold Hill where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death

Claire Gillham, mother of Jodie Chesney (far right) pays her respects at the scene at St Neots Road, Harold Hill where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death

Claire Gillham, mother of Jodie Chesney (far right) pays her respects at the scene at St Neots Road, Harold Hill where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death

Tributes: People lay flowers for Jodie Chesney after the 17-year-old Scout Explorer was knifed to death in London 

Tributes: People lay flowers for Jodie Chesney after the 17-year-old Scout Explorer was knifed to death in London 

Tributes: People lay flowers for Jodie Chesney after the 17-year-old Scout Explorer was knifed to death in London 

Investigation: Police officers search near the scene of the murder on St Neot's Road in Harold Hill

Investigation: Police officers search near the scene of the murder on St Neot's Road in Harold Hill

Investigation: Police officers search near the scene of the murder on St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill

The scene of the crime in Romford where Jodie Chesney was knifed to death. Forensic police officers search the park as flowers and lanterns are left nearby

The scene of the crime in Romford where Jodie Chesney was knifed to death. Forensic police officers search the park as flowers and lanterns are left nearby

The scene of the crime in Romford where Jodie Chesney was knifed to death. Forensic police officers search the park as flowers and lanterns are left nearby

Ms Chesney was an enthusiastic Scout Explorer who had visited Downing Street in November posting on Instagram that it was ‘so much fun’ and ‘I’m basically famous now.’ 

She was also selected to honour the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Albert Hall, appearing in a BBC broadcast last year in front of the Queen and Prince William. 

Speaking to ITV News her uncle Dave Chesney said the family was ‘devastated’, adding: ‘This was a totally random and unprovoked attack on a beautiful, lovely and quirky young girl with her whole life in front of her.’      

Her grandmother Debbie Chesney said: ‘This was our youngest granddaughter. How have we come to this point where kids can’t have a walk in a park without suffering an unprovoked attack? 

‘If anyone knows anything about this please contact the police with information. We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now. 

‘This has to stop, there are too many young people having their lives cut short by needless violence.’ 

Witness Krystle Pasha, who lives close to the scene of the stabbing, told Sky News she heard arguing and shouting before a ‘disturbing’ scream in the moments before the attack. 

Another witness, mother-of-three Teresa Farenden, 49, and her friend Kelly Smith, 36, said two men stabbed the teenage girl in front of her boyfriend before fleeing. 

Mrs Farenden said: ‘I was trying to do my coat up in the drive and I shouted out ‘is everything okay?’ as I was worried it could be kids drinking. Then a boy said ‘no I need help, my girlfriend has been stabbed’ and I just flew over there in my flip flops.

‘We tried to compress the wound to stop the bleeding but there was just so much. It was like being in a horror movie. When I got there she was breathing but it was very shallow, she was groaning and there was a slight pulse. 

‘The boyfriend was holding her and kissing her face. He was whispering and begging her, ‘Please, please stay awake’. 

Jodie Chesney, 17, (circled in red) is stood next to Explorer Scouts at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2018. Just months later she would be stabbed to death in a London park

Jodie Chesney, 17, (circled in red) is stood next to Explorer Scouts at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2018. Just months later she would be stabbed to death in a London park

Jodie Chesney, 17, (circled in red) is stood next to Explorer Scouts at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2018. Just months later she would be stabbed to death in a London park

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back and lay bleeding to death in a park on Friday night. Her boyfriend comforted her as neighbours of the park ran over to try and save her

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back and lay bleeding to death in a park on Friday night. Her boyfriend comforted her as neighbours of the park ran over to try and save her

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back and lay bleeding to death in a park on Friday night. Her boyfriend comforted her as neighbours of the park ran over to try and save her

Police officers remain at the scene of the killing on Sunday as officers try to track down her attackers - believe to be a group of young men 

Police officers remain at the scene of the killing on Sunday as officers try to track down her attackers - believe to be a group of young men 

Police officers remain at the scene of the killing on Sunday as officers try to track down her attackers – believe to be a group of young men 

Flowers describing Jodie as an ‘angel’ were left at the scene near Amy’s Park after Jodie was killed on Friday 

The park remains closed off with a blue tent still in place as officers comb the area for clues as to who the attackers were 

The park remains closed off with a blue tent still in place as officers comb the area for clues as to who the attackers were 

The park remains closed off with a blue tent still in place as officers comb the area for clues as to who the attackers were 

Just hours before her death Ms Chesney posted an Instagram picture which said: 'Happy birthday Dad' and tagged Pete Chesney on his 39th

Just hours before her death Ms Chesney posted an Instagram picture which said: 'Happy birthday Dad' and tagged Pete Chesney on his 39th

Just hours before her death Ms Chesney posted an Instagram picture which said: ‘Happy birthday Dad’ and tagged Pete Chesney on his 39th

Friends lay flowers at the scene in Harold Hill, Romford where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death. Police and forensic teams remain at the scene today

Friends lay flowers at the scene in Harold Hill, Romford where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death. Police and forensic teams remain at the scene today

Friends lay flowers at the scene in Harold Hill, Romford where Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death. Police and forensic teams remain at the scene today

Jodie Chesney with her boyfriend Ed Coyle who comforted her and kissed her face as she lay dying

Jodie Chesney with her boyfriend Ed Coyle who comforted her and kissed her face as she lay dying

Jodie Chesney with her boyfriend Ed Coyle who comforted her and kissed her face as she lay dying

Mrs Farenden said: ‘The ambulance arrived and I told the 999 call handler. She asked me to stay on the phone until the crew had reached us on the park. And in that moment the girl died.

‘I turned to look at her and my friend, who had come to help, just said, ‘We’ve lost her’.’

Mrs Farenden – whose house faces the park – began CPR but did not realise the blade remained lodged in Jodie’s back. It is believed she was stabbed with such force that the blade snapped, meaning those who tried to help her could not see it. 

She added: ‘The knife blade was still in her, but I didn’t see it because it was dark.

‘I didn’t realise at the time, but then all I kept thinking once the police told me was ‘have I put the knife in further by giving her compressions?” 

She added: ‘It was horrific, it was just the blood. There must’ve been two pints of blood. There was so much of it.

‘The girl was moaning, but she was mostly silent. We checked her pulse and we could hear her breathing.’ 

Mrs Farenden went on: ‘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. My heart is with the family how something so devastating like that could happen to a young girl.’  

Ms Chesney in her girl scouts uniform outside 10 Downing Street, she was described as a 'bright and lovely' A-level student who was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme

Ms Chesney in her girl scouts uniform outside 10 Downing Street, she was described as a 'bright and lovely' A-level student who was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme

Ms Chesney in her girl scouts uniform outside 10 Downing Street, she was described as a ‘bright and lovely’ A-level student who was involved in the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme

When emergency services arrived, Jodie Chesney still had the blade lodged in her back as horrified neighbours rushed to save her life

When emergency services arrived, Jodie Chesney still had the blade lodged in her back as horrified neighbours rushed to save her life

When emergency services arrived, Jodie Chesney (left and right) still had the blade lodged in her back as horrified neighbours rushed to save her life

A message left today at the park said: 'Jodie, We love you. You are so strong. We will always remember you'

A message left today at the park said: 'Jodie, We love you. You are so strong. We will always remember you'

A message left today at the park said: ‘Jodie, We love you. You are so strong. We will always remember you’

Mourners gathered at the park in Harold Hill on Saturday after she bled to death within an hour of being stabbed on Friday night

Mourners gathered at the park in Harold Hill on Saturday after she bled to death within an hour of being stabbed on Friday night

Mourners gathered at the park in Harold Hill on Saturday after she bled to death within an hour of being stabbed on Friday night

A young man arrives to place a bouquet of flowers near the scene of the tragic fatal stabbing - she has been described by other teens from the area as 'the most happy person'

A young man arrives to place a bouquet of flowers near the scene of the tragic fatal stabbing - she has been described by other teens from the area as 'the most happy person'

A young man arrives to place a bouquet of flowers near the scene of the tragic fatal stabbing – she has been described by other teens from the area as ‘the most happy person’

Police were called to reports of a stabbing in children's park close to St Neot's Road in Harold Hill at 9.25pm on Friday, where they found the girl with slash wounds. Pictured: Forensic officers at the scene this morning

Police were called to reports of a stabbing in children's park close to St Neot's Road in Harold Hill at 9.25pm on Friday, where they found the girl with slash wounds. Pictured: Forensic officers at the scene this morning

Police were called to reports of a stabbing in children’s park close to St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill at 9.25pm on Friday, where they found the girl with slash wounds. Pictured: Forensic officers at the scene this morning

Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park as she sat with her boyfriend on Friday night. 'Disturbing' screams were heard by neighbours 

Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park as she sat with her boyfriend on Friday night. 'Disturbing' screams were heard by neighbours 

Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a park as she sat with her boyfriend on Friday night. ‘Disturbing’ screams were heard by neighbours 

Sadiq Khan said he was 'filled with anger' and 'devastated' by the killing of the teenage girl - as murders in the capital soar

Sadiq Khan said he was 'filled with anger' and 'devastated' by the killing of the teenage girl - as murders in the capital soar

Sadiq Khan said he was ‘filled with anger’ and ‘devastated’ by the killing of the teenage girl – as murders in the capital soar

Debbie Chesney, Jodie's grandmother, said: 'We don't want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now'

Debbie Chesney, Jodie's grandmother, said: 'We don't want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now'

Debbie Chesney, Jodie’s grandmother, said: ‘We don’t want anyone else to go through what our family is suffering right now’

Mrs Farenden added: ‘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. 

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

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

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.’  

Sadiq Khan said he was ‘filled with anger’ and ‘devastated’ by the killing of the teenager.

In a tweet this morning, the Mayor of London said: ‘Devastated by the fatal stabbing of a 17 year-old girl in Havering. 

‘My thoughts are with her loved ones. It fills me with anger that violent criminals are targeting young Londoners with their whole lives before them. I encourage anyone with information to contact the police.’  

Birmingham blighted by knife crime as three stabbed to death in 12 days: 

Hazrat Umar, 17, was on his way to the gym when he was attacked in the Bordesley Green area

Hazrat Umar, 17, was on his way to the gym when he was attacked in the Bordesley Green area

Hazrat Umar, 17, was on his way to the gym when he was attacked in the Bordesley Green area

Police in Birmingham are also battling to stop knife crime across the city after three teenagers were fatally stabbed in just 12 days.

Student Hazrat Umar, 17, died after being knifed in Cherrywood Road, Bordesley Green, at around 2pm on Monday.

Hazrat Umar, 17, who is the nephew of the former chief prosecutor, was knifed to death on his way to the gym in the Bordesley Green area of the city.

West Midlands Police have revealed a 16-year-old youth has now been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The killing comes five days after 16-year-old Abdullah Muhammad was discovered fatally wounded near a park in Small Heath, on February 20.

A post mortem examination found that the student, of Lindale Avenue, Hodgehill, died as a result of an assault. He was stabbed in the chest and back.

Another teenager, Mohammed Sidali, also 16, died in hospital on 15 February after being attacked outside Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Highgate.

A knife arch was placed outside McDonald’s in nearby High Street, with officers also using stop and search powers following the deaths. 

Speaking in Birmingham Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he is ‘very concerned’ about stabbings in Birmingham. 

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital after he was knifed in the leg in Birmingham city centre on Tuesday afternoon.

Police sealed off parts of Bull Street following the stabbing in a British Heart Foundation store – which has a large blood stain on the carpet inside.

Shoppers crowded around the scene while police searched bushes in the area after being called to the incident at around 5.30pm today. 

A group of women, one identified as the mother of the victim (right) arrive at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Birmingham

A group of women, one identified as the mother of the victim (right) arrive at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Birmingham

A group of women, one identified as the mother of the victim (right) arrive at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Birmingham

Police have sealed off parts of Bull Street after the teenager was knifed in a British Heart Foundation store - which has a large blood stain on the carpet inside (pictured)

Police have sealed off parts of Bull Street after the teenager was knifed in a British Heart Foundation store - which has a large blood stain on the carpet inside (pictured)

Police have sealed off parts of Bull Street after the teenager was knifed in a British Heart Foundation store – which has a large blood stain on the carpet inside (pictured)

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘Police have been called to a stabbing at a shop in Bull Street, Birmingham city centre, around 5.30pm today (Tuesday 26 February).

‘A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with a leg injury.

‘Enquiries are at an early stage and anyone with information is asked to contact police.’   

London mayor Sadiq Khan jets off to Marrakech for a holiday with his wife just hours after fatal stabbing of 17-year-old girl – as he faces criticism for his slow response to knife epidemic 

Sadiq Khan recently pictured with Superintendent Robyn Williams, deputy head of training at the Metropolitan Police Service, during the force's first passing-out parade in Hendon, north London 

Sadiq Khan recently pictured with Superintendent Robyn Williams, deputy head of training at the Metropolitan Police Service, during the force's first passing-out parade in Hendon, north London 

Sadiq Khan recently pictured with Superintendent Robyn Williams, deputy head of training at the Metropolitan Police Service, during the force’s first passing-out parade in Hendon, north London 

London mayor Sadiq Khan has jetted off to Marrakech for a holiday with his wife as he continues to face criticism for his slow response to the knife-crime epidemic.

Mr Khan was spotted at Gatwick on Saturday before boarding a plane and sitting down in a window seat in a black cap and jacket.

It was just hours after the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Girl Scout Jodie Chesney, who was knifed to death in the back while listening to music in a park.

The Labour politician was escorted through the Gatwick terminal before he reached the departure gate.

A witness who saw him on the flight to Morocco told The Sun: ‘He sat at the window and kept his cap on during the whole flight.’

The Mayor’s office said: ‘Sadiq is on a short break with his wife and is in touch with the Met Police Commissioner and with City Hall at all times. He is back in the office on Tuesday.’

Ms Chesney was murdered while playing music with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Eddie Coyle, and four other friends in Romford on Friday evening.

Her family have been left stunned at why the teenager, who was a popular member of the local Scout group, would have been so brutally attacked.

Police have said the attacker did not say anything to Jodie or her group of friends, and immediately ran off after the stabbing.

Friends of Ms Chesney have suggested the attack may have been a case of mistaken identity.

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