Yousef Makki, 17, died of stab wounds on Saturday night. He wanted to be a heart surgeon
A schoolboy stabbed to death in a wealthy Cheshire village was an ‘A* student’ who wanted to be a heart surgeon.
Yousef Makki, 17, was a sixth-form pupil at the elite Manchester Grammar School, where alumni include former England cricket captain Mike Atherton.
Yousef is thought to have received a scholarship to attend the school, where fees are in excess of £12,000 a year.
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 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.
His mother is English, while his father is believed to be from Lebanon.
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.
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
‘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 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 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 this morning it had raised nearly £12,000.
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’
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. 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
‘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.’
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
‘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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- January 8: Just 14 years old, Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London.
- 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.
- January 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, was found stabbed to death in a shared house in Acton, west London.
- January 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, was the victim of a knife attack in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London.
- 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.
- February 5: Lejean Richards, 19, was fatally stabbed in Battersea, south-west London.
- February 10: A man, believed to be in his 30s, was found fatally stabbed in East Dulwich, south-east London.
- February 18: Bright Akinleye dies after walking into a hotel reception in Camden, north London, with stab wounds.
- February 19: Brian Wieland, 69, found dead with multiple head injuries at his home in Chingford, east London.
- February 21: Glendon Spence, 23, was killed outside a youth club in Brixton, south London. Police have charged two 17-year-olds with murder.
- 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.
- 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.
- February 26: Che Morrison, 20, died after being stabbed to death outside Ilford station in east London.
- March 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death in an east London park.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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 this medium 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 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
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
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
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
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’
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’
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
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’
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
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
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.’