Reclaim the Country Park! Tourist Board stages group walk

Tomorrow morning’s group walk is a step to avoid South Norwood Country Park becoming a no-go zone

The community-minded South Norwood Tourist Board is staging a group walk tomorrow, declaring their aim to: “Reclaim the Country Park!”

As Inside Croydon reported yesterday, there have been six assaults on women in South Norwood Country Park in the past two months, four of them sexual.

A man was taken into Croydon police station for questioning earlier this week, but he was later released without charge.

The Tourist Board wants people – especially women – to meet at 10am at the visitor centre for a group walk. “While we normally don’t post about the bad stuff in South Norwood, we feel it is necessary to issue a warning about the attacks in the Country Park, and for people (especially lone women) to be extra vigilant if going there,” they posted online yesterday.

As when they organised, at short notice, a Grenfell solidarity walk through South Norwood last November, the Tourist Board wants as many people to turn out tomorrow morning, effectively to intimidate the intimidator.

“South Norwood Women Stand Together – Reclaim the Country Park,” they say. “Bring your dogs, banners and attitude!”

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