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Women Are Organising Vigils To 'Reclaim The Streets' As Remains Discovered In Sarah Everard Search

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Women Are Organising Vigils To 'Reclaim The Streets' As Remains Discovered In Sarah Everard Search

Women across the country are organising vigils to 'reclaim the streets' following the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

Police confirmed yesterday that unidentified human remains had been found in woodland in Kent, as the search continues for the missing 33-year-old.

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As news broke on Wednesday that serving Metropolitan police officer, Wayne Couzens, 49, had been arrested on suspicion of murder, women nationwide took to social media to reflect on their own experiences.

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Now, vigils have been organised in a bid to 'reclaim the streets' with one taking place in Clapham - where Sarah went missing - on Saturday 13th March.

Sarah went missing in south London last week (Credit: Met Police)
Sarah went missing in south London last week (Credit: Met Police)

"We believe that streets should be safe for women, regardless of what you wear, where you live or what time of day or night it is," the event description reads.

"We shouldn't have to wear bright colours when we walk home and clutch our keys in our fists to feel safe. It's wrong that the response to violence against women requires women to behave differently.

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"In Clapham, police told women not to go out at night this week. Women are not the problem. We've all been following the tragic case of Sarah Everard over the last week.

Women are organising vigils to 'reclaim the streets' (Credit: Facebook)
Women are organising vigils to 'reclaim the streets' (Credit: Facebook)

"This is a vigil for Sarah, but also for all women who feel unsafe, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day. Come to the bandstand on Clapham Common at 6pm on Saturday the 13th of March to reclaim these streets and our public spaces.

"This event is for and about women, but open to all. Bring a light to remember those we've lost. This vigil will observe strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, including compulsory mask-wearing and social distancing.

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"We would also encourage anyone who comes along to download the NHS contact tracing app and turn their Bluetooth on."

It was confirmed yesterday that unidentified human remains had been found (Credit: PA)
It was confirmed yesterday that unidentified human remains had been found (Credit: PA)

Yesterday evening, the discovery of unidentified human remains was announced by the Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.

"A man has been arrested on suspicion of Sarah's murder. This evening, detectives and search teams investigating Sarah's disappearance have found, very sadly what appears to be human remains," Dame Cressida explained.

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"The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent. As you can imagine at this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and indeed that may take us some considerable time."

Featured Image Credit: Metropolitan Police

Topics: Sarah Everard, News, London

Lucy Devine
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