POLICE investigating the murder of schoolgirl Jodie Chesney arrested and charged a 15-year-old boy.
Metropolitan Police officers have charged the boy more than a week after Jodie, 17, was killed in a park in Harold Hill, east London.
The teen, who can’t be named because of his age, will appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in east London today.
A second teenager, an 18-year-old from Romford, is being held in police custody on suspicion of murdering Jodie, the force said.
He was one of four people arrested on Sunday as part of an operation into the seemingly random attack.
A 50-year-old man and a woman, 38, both from Dagenham, and a 17-year-old boy, were held on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Police are continuing to investigate the fatal stabbing which took place on March 1 and sparked a further national outcry over knife crime.
Jodie was playing music with friends near a children’s playground in Harold Hill, Romford when she was stabbed from behind in an apparently motiveless attack.
The popular student died just over an hour after police were called at around 9.25pm.
A post-mortem examination said the Girl Scout’s cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.
Police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man, Manuel Petrovic of Romford with murder.
He is due to appear at the Old Bailey today.
The Met has asked anyone with information about Jodie’s death to call Homicide and Major Crime Command’s Incident Room on 020 8345 3775.
They can also tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Jodie was the fifth teen stabbed to death in the capital so far this year.
Her emotional dad Peter led tributes to the girl, praising the passionate Scout as a “great girl” and “proud geek”.
Speaking to Sky News, he addressed Jodie’s killers, saying: “You’ll never know the pain you’ve caused and the beauty you’ve taken away.
“They’ve destroyed something beautiful here. It’s a disgrace.”