A NEW youth branch of Extinction Rebellion has been launched in Colchester and the group has already planned its first march.

Extinction Rebellion Colchester Youth is inviting young people to join their climate strike in the town.

Members and supporters will meet at the top of Castle Park at 11am on Friday where there will be speeches before attendees march through the town centre.

The group plans to host a die-in in Culver Square Shopping Centre.

Extinction Rebellion Colchester Youth was set up by Colchester Sixth Form student Ed Spence, 16.

He said: “I had wanted to get involved for a while and a few months ago I saw the Extinction Rebellion Youth national group were asking people to set up their own groups.”