Rape crisis group plans Reclaim the Night march against violence in memory of India Chipchase

The Reclaim the Night march takes place on Friday, November 25, 2016
The Reclaim the Night march takes place on Friday, November 25, 2016
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A night-time march through Northampton town centre to take a stand against violence is taking place next week in memory of India Chipchase.

Miss Chipchase was killed by Edward Tenniswood after being taken to his house following a night out in Bridge Street, Northampton, in January this year. He was jailed for life by a Crown Court judge in August.

The Reclaim the Night march is taking place in memory of India Chipchase

The Reclaim the Night march is taking place in memory of India Chipchase

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis (NRC) is organising its fourth Reclaim the Night march, which this year takes place on Friday, November 25, in memory of Miss Chipchase.

Staff from NRC will be taking to the streets alongside colleagues from other agencies, community groups, volunteers and the public, to campaign against violence and sexual violence.

Dawn Thomas, NRC chief executive officer, is keen to get as many people as possible to take part in the march and join with others to take a stand against violence.

She said: “Reclaim the Night marches are held in towns and cities across the country and aim to highlight the issue of violence and sexual violence, not only against women and girls but all genders and sexualities. The community as a whole is affected by violence and we all share a responsibility to deal with it.

The march is part of a week-long campaign. For more details, visit www.northantsrapecrisis.co.uk

The march is part of a week-long campaign. For more details, visit www.northantsrapecrisis.co.uk

“This is will be our fourth event in Northampton and participation has been growing each time. However, this year, which is also the 30th anniversary of the NRC, we hope to make it even bigger.

“Everyone is welcome, women and men, of all ages and from all walks of life –we’d love you to join us and add your voice to our campaign, and unite with us against violence.”

The march starts at 11pm in Morrisons car park, Victoria Promenade. It will go through the town centre, ending at All Saints Church at midnight, where there will be a one minute silence in memory of India.

Anyone who would like to take part is asked to meet in the car park at 10.45pm and supporters are also encouraged to make a banner or placard to carry during the march.