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Remembering Claire after 20 years

Remembering Claire Tiltman 20 years after her death Photo: Friend's photo

About 250 people turned out in the cold and snow for a candlelit vigil held by friends of a schoolgirl who was murdered in Kent 20 years ago.

The event was organised to remember Claire Tiltman who was stabbed in Greenhithe four days after her 16th birthday. With both her parents now dead, friends who knew her at Dartford Grammar School say they will keep the case in the public eye.

Those who gathered to take part walked about mile from The Bull at Horns Cross to St Mary's Church. The organisers of the vigil said the church was full, with standing room only. Those attending included family, friends, local people - those who knew Claire and who did not - and included the MP Gareth Johnson, Dartford Mayor Ann Allen, and Kent Policing and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes, as well as Chief Supt Neil Jerome, the area commander.

Claire disappeared after leaving her house, just round the corner from The Bull. She was going to visit friends but never arrived. She was later found stabbed in an alleyway. No one has ever been convicted of killing her.

Candles in memory of Claire Credit: Friend's photo
Taking partL from left organisers Emma Edwards, Nichola Medhurst and, on the far right Lisa Gribbin Credit: Friend's photo