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India Chipchase's friend hopes lessons learnt a year on

India had more than 30 injuries on her body when she died. Photo: Northamptonshire Police

Nearly a year since a 20-year-old barmaid was raped and murdered after a night out in Northampton, her friend says he hopes lessons have been learnt from her death.

India Chipchase was drunk and alone outside NB's nightclub on Bridge Street, when she was lured into a taxi by middle-aged predator, Edward Tenniswood.

"Oddball", Edward Tenniswood, was jailed for life last summer. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

India wanted to become a paramedic and was working as a barmaid at The Collingtree Pub in Northampton.

Aaron Shields says India was always smiling at work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I hope that lessons have been learnt from it all. Pubs have to take responsibility for people who get drunk in their establishments, surely, nightclubs should be doing the same? If they've got people who are intoxicated, they need to be looking after them until they actually get back to their door. How they do that, I don't know."

– Aaron Shields, India's friend & former colleague

On the night India was murdered, a doorman at NB's nightclub had put her in a taxi, but she got out.

NB's nightclub is one of many bars and clubs on Bridge Street. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Staff at NB's have had more advanced training in dealing with vulnerable people, but say there is only so much they can do.

"We can monitor what people are drinking, when they're drinking in our venue. But, if they've had X-amount before they come out - half a bottle of vodka - they come through the door, they look perfectly ok. Half an hour later, we've served them one drink - the next thing you know, they're in a bit of a state. People need to realise how much they're drinking and, at the end of the day, we're not babysitters."

– Marc Sawer, Company Director, NB's Bar
Northampton Street Pastors look after vulnerable people in the town. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Street Pastors are backing calls for more dedicated "safe places" to be set up in the town centre.

At the moment, they often take vulnerable people to McDonald's, to look after them there.

Even though the one man responsible for India's murder is behind bars - a year later - it is still making people think more about how to enjoy the Northampton nightlife and make sure they get home safely.