Doorstep vigil for Sarah Everard

Image above: Sarah Everard

A doorstep vigil for Sarah Everard is being held tonight, Saturday 13 March at 9.30pm.

Organisers of the vigil on Clapham Common, which has been cancelled, are now asking people to remember Sarah instead by standing on their own doorstep with a lighted candle or a torch or their phone, to shine a light for her and for all women affected by violence.

Sarah’s body was found in woodland in Ashford, Kent on Wednesday and identified as her two days later. A man has been charged with her murder. Serving police officer Wayne Couzens appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today, Saturday, and was remanded in custody.

She went missing after leaving a friend’s flat in south London to walk home on the evening of Wednesday 3 March and her route is thought to have taken her across Clapham Common.

The Metropolitan Police put a stop to the vigil taking place on Clapham Common, saying it would be an illegal gathering under Covid regulations, despite protestations from the organisers Reclaim These Streets that it would be socially distanced and in the open air.

The organisers have put out a statement saying: ‘As the event has now been cancelled, we would strongly encourage people not to gather this evening on Clapham Common’.

‘We aren’t just lighting a candle for the women we’ve lost; we have been inspired by the women who have reached out and hope that this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change’.

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See also: Man charged with murder of woman in Ealing

See also: Violence out in the open – Jess Phillips MP

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