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Dartford road to be re-named Tiltman Avenue in honour of murdered schoolgirl

PUBLISHED: 11:33 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:33 15 April 2016

Claire Tiltman

Claire Tiltman

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Claire Tiltman was stabbed multiple times in an alleyway close to her home in Greenhithe 1993, just four days after her 16th birthday

Plans to re-name a busy Dartford road in honour of murdered schoolgirl Claire Tiltman were rubber-stamped last night.

Councillors at Thursday’s Dartford Borough Council cabinet meeting voted in favour of the change which is expected to come into force this summer.

It will see Fastrack Manor Way, from London Road at the junction with Craylands Lane in Swanscombe and through Ingress Park, re-named as Tiltman Avenue.

Speaking after the meeting, council leader Jeremy Kite said he was proud to have been able to approve the decision.

He told KoS: “As soon as we sought permission from friends and family it was a no-brainer really and an absolute privilege to do it.

“The work her friends have done to fight so hard for the court case and for her to be remembered in this way is the true meaning of friendship.

“When something evil happens to them, it happens to all of us.

“It’s a big road and will become one of the busiest in Dartford so given how many people use it each day, it’s a road that is absolutely central to people’s thoughts.”

Claire, known to her friends as Tilt, was stabbed multiple times and murdered as she went to visit a friend in an alleyway close to her home in Greenhithe 1993, just four days after her 16th birthday.

Former milkman Colin Ash-Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years in November 2014 following a six week trial.

Claire’s parents, Linda and Cliff, died before her killer could be brought to justice, but they had been convinced Ash-Smith had murdered their daughter.

A small event to commemorate the re-naming is expected to take place in the coming weeks.

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