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India Chipchase: Murder arrest after body found at house

India Chipchase Image copyright Northamptonshire Police
Image caption India Chipchase went missing after a night out with friends in Northampton

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police searching for a missing woman found a body in a house.

India Chipchase, 20, disappeared in the early hours of Saturday after a night out with friends in Northampton.

Formal identification has yet to take place but her family have been informed of the body's discovery, at a property in Stanley Road, in the St James area.

Police have been granted extra time to question a 51-year-old man being held in custody, a spokesman said.

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Image caption The body was found by police officers at the terraced property in Stanley Road in the St James area of Northampton

A post-mortem examination is due to take place at Leicester Royal Infirmary later.

Ms Chipchase was last seen in Bridge Street, Northampton, at about 01:15 GMT on Saturday. The body was found by police officers on Sunday night.

Image caption India Chipchase was last seen leaving a nightclub on Bridge Street, before a body was found less than a mile away, in Stanley Road

Police had said it was "out of character" for her not to have made contact with friends and family, and "out of the ordinary" for her not to have arrived at work, in The Collingtree pub and restaurant, on Saturday afternoon.

Her brother Harry posted a tribute to her on Twitter, saying: "You'll always remain the best big sister I ever had and always hold a place deep in my heart."

India Chipchase search

  • 01:15 on 30 January India is last seen in Bridge Street, Northampton

  • 12:52 on 31 January Police appeal for help in finding India

  • 22:06 on 31 January Police say a body has been found and a man arrested on suspicion of murder

Her sister Pia has also posted on the Northampton Chronicle Facebook page, saying: "RIP my beautiful sister. I'm going to make you proud."

Northampton College, where Ms Chipchase studied Health and Social Care, said staff were "devastated" after hearing a body had been found.

Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said she had been "extremely popular" and "hard-working" during her time there.

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Image caption Flowers have been left outside the Northampton pub where Ms Chipchase worked

Flowers have been left outside The Collingtree, where staff posted a statement on the pub's Facebook page, saying her colleagues' hearts "are broken" and describing her as "a little smile machine."

"You were a joy to work with nothing ever being too much trouble, always gave without expectation, you bought joy to so many. Your infectious smile and humour will be sorely missed," they said.

Her mother Suzanne has replied to thank them, adding "she loved you all."

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