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Drugs line phone activity stops for a few minutes

At 21:18 someone had text the drug line number: “M8 what is that”, Mr Aylett said.

There was no reply to that text. For the next five minutes, Mr Petrovic's drugs line was not used, the court heard.

It was at this time, around 21:20, that Jodie was stabbed.

'Screams from the park'

Jurors were then told of CCTV footage from a property on Retford Close which contained sound of screams coming from the park.

Mr Aylett told jurors the footage will be shown to them in due course.

CCTV: Two people head towards 'Amy's Park'

Jurors are being shown CCTV from Friday 1 March at 21:19 of a black car driving along Retford Road away from St Neot’s Road.

Another camera then picks up one or two people getting out of the car and striding towards the park and heading for the playground - 'Amy's Park', Mr Aylett says.

Public in gallery wear purple ribbons

Some of the members of the public sat in the gallery are wearing purple ribbon badges on their jackets in memory of the teen.

Purple was Jodie's favourite colour.

Purple ribbon
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Press and public sit in on the trial

Old Bailey
BBC

There are eight members of the media covering today's trial at the Old Bailey while a nearly full public gallery watch the proceedings in Court 8.

Return back to hostel 'consistent with picking up knife'

Jurors were shown CCTV of Svenson Ong-a-Kwie arriving back at the hostel around 20:51 - where he came out again about a minute later.

"Of course it will be remembered that, when the police searched Mr Ong-a-Kwie’s room just over a week later, they recovered a knife", Mr Aylett said.

"There is no evidence that this was the knife that was used to stab Jodie; on the other hand, it can at least be said that Mr Ong-a-Kwie kept a knife (or knives) in his room.

"Bearing in mind what was to happen, you may think that Mr Ong-a-Kwie’s return to his room at the hostel is at least consistent with his having gone to pick up a knife."

'I need you ASAP' - texts between defendants

At 20:38, while Mr Ong-a-Kwie was on his way back to Collier Row, there were some messages between his telephone and Mr Petrovic’s telephone, including "I need you ASAP", the court heard.

While Mr Ong-a-Kwie must still have been on his way back from Harold Hill, he sent another text to Mr Petrovic saying “Where can I come see you? ASAP..."

Svenson Ong-a-Kwie 'upset' about something

The prosecution told jurors that while Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was in Harold Hill he must either have heard or seen something that upset him.

For his part, Joshua Compton said that there was no conversation between him and Mr Ong-a-Kwie.

In any case, whatever it was, no sooner had the drugs been sold to Joshua Compton than Mr Ong-a-Kwie was anxious to get hold of Manuel Petrovic, My Aylett said.

Further drug deals in the Harold Hill area

Although Bryce Henderson had no luck getting hold of any "Pineapple Express" from Mr Onge-a-Kwie for himself and Kane Compton, Kane’s brother Joshua, 21, had used the "drugs line" number to order some for himself.

Joshua Compton lived in Harold Hill, Mr Aylett told jurors.

Mr Ong-a-Kwie arranged to deliver Joshua Compton’s drugs himself.

This is important because it places Mr Ong-a-Kwie in the Harold Hill area around 20:00, Mr Aylett said.

Drugs delivered to 'Amy's Park'

Harold Hill Park
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Jurors were reminded that Jodie and her friends had met up at Romford train station before going on to St Neots Road Play Park, known locally as 'Amy's Park' in Harold Hill at around 18:15.

Jurors were told that some of Jodie's friends had received a text from Svenson-Ong-a-Kwie's "drug phone" advertising a new strain of cannabis known as "Pineapple Express".

It was decided that on the evening of 1 March, one of the friends, Bryce Henderson, 18, would contact Mr Ong-a-Kwie to buy some of this cannabis to be delivered to 'Amy's Park', Mr Aylett said.

However, there was no answer from the "drugs line", and they decided to buy from another dealer.

The court then heard that Mr Henderson had bought cannabis from Mr Ong-a-Kwie in the past and the drugs had been delivered to him while he had been in 'Amy's Park'.

On this occasion, however, Mr Henderson sent a text to a different drug dealer - named "Jade" - who delivered £40 worth of cannabis to 'Amy's Park' around 20:00 in a blue Mercedes.

It was at this point that two males entered 'Amy's Park' and sat at the other bench from the group of friends and Jodie.

Back from lunch

We are back from a long lunch and expect the prosecution opening to continue until the end of the day.

Where not to live if you want a good care home

Nick Triggle

Health Correspondent

Elderly person
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High concentrations of substandard care homes in some areas leave families with no choice but to accept an under-performing home for older and disabled relatives, an analysis suggests.

Over a third of beds were in settings rated as not good enough in a sixth of areas, the think tank IPPR found.

In two places - Newham in London and Manchester - at least half were.

Campaigners said high concentrations of substandard care would mean that good homes would be over-subscribed.

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Defendants' movements before Jodie's death

Mr Aylett summarised to jurors that when looking at the evidence of telephone contact between the defendants as well as their movements on 1 March, the following is apparent to the prosecution:

  • That the first and third defendants were in business together selling drugs
  • That the first defendant was operating a drug-line and delivering the drugs in his car - a black Vauxhall Corsa
  • That the second defendant appears to have been some kind of "runner" for the first defendant
  • That the third defendant was operating another drug-line;
  • That at least on 1 March, the fourth defendant was helping the third defendant - Svenson Ong-a-Kwie to sell drugs

How yesterday's hearing ended

Sarah Lee

BBC London

Defendants in the Jodie Chesnet trial at the Old Bailey
Julia Quenzler

Yesterday's trial ended with Mr Aylett telling jurors that all four defendants were involved in the supply of drugs (to greater or lesser extents).

Jurors were shown a distinctive woollen hat with stitched-in goggles which was worn by one of the defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

CCTV captured a male wearing this hat when accompanying fellow defendant Svenson Ong-a-Kwie less than half-an-hour before the murder of Jodie.

This then led to the fourth arrest in the murder of Jodie Chesney.

Two men in hospital after separate street stabbings

Two men were taken to hospital after being stabbed in separate attacks in London.

A man aged in his 20s was left in in a critical condition after he was attacked in Eton Grove, Queensbury at about 18:30 on Wednesday.

In Poplar, a 25-year-old man was stabbed in New Village Avenue at about 23:15. Police are awaiting an update on his condition.

Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made over either attack, which are not being linked.

Fourth man arrested over chicken shop fight death

Downham Way, Grove Park
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A fourth man has been arrested after a man was killed in a knife fight at a chicken shop in south-east London.

Omar Smith and a second man were found with stab and head injuries after police were called to the shop in Downham Way, Grove Park, at about 23:55 on Friday.

Both were taken to hospital and 34-year-old Mr Smith was pronounced dead the next day.

The second man, a 51-year-old, was released from hospital and arrested on suspicion GBH along with a 40-year-old man and a 46-year-old man. They were all then further arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Met Police said a fourth man, aged 25, had been arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday and remains in custody.

The 51-year-old man and the 46-year-old man have been been bailed to a date in mid-October while the 40-year-old man has been released under investigation.

Met Police employee charged with theft

A serving member of police staff has been charged with theft.

Agnes Alexander, 60, from the Central South Command Unit, was arrested on 2 September following an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards. She has been bailed to appear at Camberwell Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. She has been suspended from duty while criminal proceedings take place, police said.

Tube workers to take industrial action over violence

Workers on parts of London Underground have voted for industrial action over claims they face increased levels of violence and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the eastern end of the District Line will only work from a place of safety from the end of the month when lone-working and will not attend incidents on trains by themselves.

The union said a female member of staff was attacked in her office by a passenger and others have been threatened.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "There has been an explosion of violent crime and sexual offences across the network and our members are bearing the brunt of it, particularly on the District Line."

A Transport for London spokesman said: "Our staff work hard to assist our customers and keep London moving. They deserve to go about their day without fear or intimidation, in safety.

"We have met with the RMT to reiterate our commitment to ensuring the safety of our staff and outline the steps we have taken to address their feedback.

"We will continue to engage with them to ensure all staff feel safe and secure while performing their duties."