Sarah Everard latest news – Fury over cops storming vigil after Wayne Couzens appeared in court charged with murder

LIB Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has called for the Met Police Commissioner to "consider" her leadership of the force, as fury mounts over cops storming mourners as last night's Sarah Everard vigil.

Heavy-handed cops dragged tearful women away from a candle-lit shrine during ugly clashes in Clapham, south London, last night.

Mourners shouted “shame on you” at officers as they ripped women off the metal railings.

The Met Police have since confirmed that four people were arrested during the clashes.

It comes as armed cop Wayne Couzens was charged with Sarah's kidnap and murder on Friday night.

Couzens will appear at the Old Bailey next week after being remanded in custody on kidnap and murder charges following the death of Sarah Everard.

Sarah Everard, 33, had been walking home from Clapham last week when she vanished sparking a huge manhunt.

Follow our live blog below for the latest developments in the story…

  • Alice Peacock

    MPS CONDEMN POLICE RESPONSE TO VIGIL

    A handful of MPs from across the east have slammed the response from the Met Police for their handling of last night's vigil.

    Lib Dem MP for St Albans, Daisy Cooper, tweeted during last night's vigil: “Millions of women are sitting at home right now, consumed by grief and rage. Some thinking of Sarah Everard, some recounting their own ‘what if’ scenarios, others reliving trauma.

    "Scenes of police man-handling women in Clapham is making it much more upsetting."

    Rachel Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton South also tweeted, saying police have "serious questions to answer".

    Other MPs including Luton North's Sarah Owen and Mid Norfolk's George Freeman said the police responded "badly" with and "heavy handedly".

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    VIGIL FURY

    Met Police chief Cressida Dick faces calls to resign as Home Secretary Priti Patel demanded a 'full report' after cops stormed mourners at the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common.

    Last night, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey led calls for Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to "consider" her leadership of the force.

    He branded the scenes "a complete abject tactical and moral failure on the part of the police"."

  • Joseph Gamp

    LABOUR URGES GOVERNMENT TO MAKE MISOGYNY A HATE CRIME FOLLOWING SARAH EVERARD 'MURDER'

    Labour has urged the Government to make misogyny a hate crime and increase minimum sentences for rapists and stalkers in a bid to tackle violence against women and girls.

    The party is calling for cross-party action in the wake of the suspected murder of Sarah Everard, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3.

    Labour believes there is a "once in a generation" chance for sweeping reforms when the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill comes before the Commons.

    It wants the legislation to be used to increase sentences for stalkers and rapists, and for whole life tariffs to be introduced for anyone found guilty of abduction and sexual assault and murder of a stranger.

    The party is calling for the Government to legislate to make misogyny a hate crime, and for a strategy to be introduced to tackle misogynistic attitudes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ISSUE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 'MORE IMPORTANT THAN COVID RESTRICTIONS'

    Demonstrators who defied police requests to gather on Clapham Common on Saturday night have said raising the issue of violence against women is "way more important" than coronavirus restrictions.

    There were tense exchanges at times at the large gathering, which police had urged people not to attend amid the pandemic lockdown. An official event by Reclaim These Streets was cancelled on Saturday morning and an alternative vigil held online.

    But crowds of people made their way to Clapham Common's bandstand at around 6pm on Saturday, with many laying flowers in what has become a growing floral tribute.

    Some held placards reading "we will not be silenced" and "she was just walking home", while the crowd chanted: "Sisters united will never be defeated."

    There were boos, jeers and shouts of "shame on you" from the crowd as Metropolitan Police officers walked on to the bandstand where some demonstrators were chanting.

  • Joseph Gamp

    CAMPAIGN GROUP CLAIMS 'MALE COPS 'WAITED FOR SUN TO SET' BEFORE 'GRABBING AND 'MANDHANDLING WOMEN IN CROWD'

    In Clapham, one video posted online showed officers grabbing women standing within the bandstand before leading them away, to screaming and shouting from onlookers.

    Campaign group Sisters Uncut, which had representatives present at the demonstration, claimed that "male police officers waited for the sun to set before they started grabbing and manhandling women in the crowd".

    The Metropolitan Police was criticised for its policing of the gathering, with one MP describing it as "heartbreaking and maddening to watch".

    Labour's Sarah Owen added: "No one can see these scenes and think that this has been handled anything but badly by @metpoliceuk. It could and should have been so different."

  • Joseph Gamp

    KEIR STARMER AND SADIQ KHAN CRITICISE MET POLICE HANDLING OF SARAH EVERARD VIGIL

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the scenes were "unacceptable", tweeting: "The police have a responsibility to enforce Covid laws but from images I've seen it's clear the response was at times neither appropriate nor proportionate."

    Mr Khan said that he was in contact with Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and was "urgently seeking an explanation", while Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey called on her to resign.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the scenes as "deeply disturbing".

    "Women came together to mourn Sarah Everard – they should have been able to do so peacefully," he tweeted.

    "I share their anger and upset at how this has been handled. This was not the way to police this protest."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SARAH EVERARD VIGIL: PATEL ASKS MET FOR EXPLANATION AFTER 'UPSETTING' CLASHES

    Home Secretary Priti Patel says she has asked for a "full report" from the Metropolitan Police after officers clashed with some of those in attendance at a London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.

    While the event in Clapham, south London, was largely peaceful, scuffles broke out at the front of a crowd of hundreds as police surrounded a bandstand covered in floral tributes to the 33-year-old.

    At one stage, male officers could be seen grabbing hold of several women before leading them away in handcuffs, to shouts and screams from onlookers.

    In response, the crowd chanted "shame on you", while during another confrontation a distressed woman could be heard telling officers "you're supposed to protect us".

    The Home Secretary described footage of the clashes as "upsetting", adding: "I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRITI PATEL ASKS FOR FULL REPORT FROM MET POLICE AMID SARAH EVERARD VIGIL CRITICISM

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she has asked the Metropolitan Police Service for a "full report" on what happened amid criticism of its handling of a London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ED DAVEY SAYS POLICING OF CLAPHAM COMMON VIGIL 'DISGRACEFUL'

    Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has called for Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to "consider" her leadership of the force.

    In a letter to the Commissioner, he wrote: "The scenes this evening of the policing of the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard are utterly disgraceful and shame the Metropolitan Police.

    "The vigil this evening was a peaceful one brought together in the most horrific of circumstances.

    "Across the country, countless women have told their own painful stories of harassment and abuse. Your officers should have been standing in solidarity with those on Clapham Common tonight not being ordered to disrupt this display of grief and peaceful protest. This was a complete abject tactical and moral failure on the part of the Police.

    "We therefore call on you to consider your leadership of the service and whether you can continue to have the confidence of the millions of women in London that you have a duty to safeguard and protect."

  • Joseph Gamp

    COPS CLASH WITH CROWDS AT SARAH EVERARD VIGIL AS UGLY SCENES SEE MOURNERS DRAGGED OFF CLAPHAM COMMON

    TEARFUL mourners have clashed with cops after flocking to the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common this evening.

    Scenes turned ugly as police arrested and removed people who had gathered around the bandstand and candle-lit shrine to pay their respects.

    Protesters chanted "you go home" at cops as one woman addressed the crowd through a megaphone. There were angry scenes as officers moved in to arrest a protester on the bandstand.

    Loud cheers were heard as cops sprinted away from the crowds, as dozens of officers with batons slung at their sides made their way towards waiting vans.

    Cops formed a circle as dozens of protesters swarmed around them. A squad of officers led the detained man away from the area but were surrounded by an angry mob.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KATE MIDDLETON VISITS CLAPHAM COMMON TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SARAH EVERARD

    Kate Middleton visits Clapham Common to pay tribute to Sarah Everard

  • Joseph Gamp

    CALL TO 'DO MORE TO TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN' AS SARAH EVERARD HONOURED

    Campaigners have called for more to be done to tackle violence against women as an online vigil was held in memory of Sarah Everard. A minute's silence was held and candles were lit during the virtual event, after planned vigils across the UK were cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

    Despite the cancellation of an event in Clapham, south London, near to where Ms Everard disappeared, hundreds of people still gathered on Clapham Common at around 6pm on Saturday.

    Opening the online event, hosted by Feminists of London, television presenter Sandi Toksvig said Ms Everard's death should be a "turning point".

    "Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Never have I felt more passionately concerned about my kids. It surely cannot be asking too much to want them simply to be free, to walk where they like, when they like.

    "I am filled in equal measure with profound sorrow and rage, and I know there are many who share this rage and I think it is entirely justifiable. But I also know that it will harm rather than help us if we don't try and direct that anger to good purpose."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SARAH EVERARD VIGIL:THOUSANDS ATTEND CLAPHAM COMMON WITH CROWDS SHOUTING ‘SHAME ON YOU’ AS COPS TRY TO SHUT IT DOWN

    Thousands of tearful mourners have flocked to the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common this evening.

    Crowds have ignored police pleas to stay away and gathered around the bandstand to pay their respects – as women were seen lifting their lighters in unison and holding placards as they stood in solidarity with the 33-year-old.

    A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK – including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.

    But the Met Police moved to ban the event due to Covid restrictions with other forces following suit. Chants of "the sisters united will never be defeated" rang out in Clapham Common as protesters gathered from the bandstand. 

    One woman told the crowd: "The streets are ours," while a banner written in Spanish was unfurled reading "your indifference and  silence kills as well."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SARAH EVERARD VIGIL: LABOUR MP LAYS FLOWERS AT CLAPHAM COMMON BANDSTAND

    Labour MP for Streatham Bell Ribeiro-Addy tweeted: "On today's walk, I laid flowers at Clapham Common bandstand in memory of Sarah Everard and all the women lost to violence.

    "Hundreds of people came to show their solidarity and I can see hundreds more on my way home.

    "The Police's decision to cancel the vigil makes no sense."

  • Joseph Gamp

    SANDY TOKSVIG SAYS SARAH EVERARD 'MURDER' 'MUST MARK A TURNING POINT'

    Sandi Toksvig has said "this must become a turning point" as she opened an online vigil to Sarah Everard.

    Speaking at Feminists of London's virtual event, the television presenter said it was not a "small change" that was needed, but a "cultural shift about how women are viewed and treated both in the public and private space".

    "This has to be a turning point where ending violence finally becomes a political priority," she said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SANDY TOKSVIG EXPRESSES 'PROFOUND SORROW AND RAGE' AS SHE OPENS ONLINE VIGIL FOR SARAH EVERARD

    Sandi Toksvig opened the online vigil for Sarah Everard, expressing her "profound sorrow and rage".

    Speaking at Feminists of London's virtual event, the television presenter said: "The truth is of course I don't want to be here at all, I do not want to attend a vigil for a bright young woman in her early 30s, a woman with her life before her.

    "I do not want to be here talking about the memory of Sarah. I have two daughters about the same age as Sarah. Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Never have I felt more passionately concerned about my kids.

    "It surely cannot be asking too much to want them simply to be free, to walk where they like, when they like.

    "I am filled in equal measure with profound sorrow and rage, and I know there are many who share this rage and I think it is entirely justifiable. But I also know that it will harm rather than help us if we don't try and direct that anger to good purpose. Tonight we reflect that when the vigil is over, the work begins."

  • Joseph Gamp

    VIGIL GROUPS TAKE PLACE FOR SARAH EVERARD ACROSS UK CITIES

    Groups of people stood in vigil for Sarah Everard at locations around the UK, including Glasgow, Bristol and Nottingham.

    In Bristol, a female police officer asked one member of the crowd to leave the vigil, saying she risks her life to be out dispersing crowds in a pandemic.

    A woman could be heard shouting back: "You risk your life every night, love."

  • Joseph Gamp

    DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE PAYS RESPECTS TO SARAH EVERARD AT CLAPHAM MEMORIAL

    The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a south London memorial for Sarah Everard, close to where the 33-year-old went missing.

    Kate made a visit to Clapham Common on Saturday afternoon to pay her respects to Ms Everard and her family in the wake of the marketing executive's murder.

    The duchess visited a bandstand in the south London park where dozens of floral tributes have been placed for Ms Everard, whose body was formally identified on Friday.

    She was seen pausing in front of the sea of tributes, which have grown substantially in the last day. As well as flowers, the memorial also features signs, with the duchess seen near a sign reading "I am Sarah".

    It is understood Kate also made the visit in part because she remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KEY EVIDENCE ‘TOOK DAYS TO SECURE’

    Vital Sarah Everard evidence from Transport for London took days to secure because they are closed on weekends, according to reports.

    Footage from a bus that showed the marketing manager on a main road is understood to have been a breakthrough in the tragic case.

    But the crucial evidence took days to secure as Transport for London is not open at the weekend, The Times reports.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SARAH EVERARD MOURNERS PAY THEIR RESPECTS IN CLAPHAM COMMON TODAY DESPITE GATHERING BAN

    Despite the ban, a small, socially-distanced group lay flowers at the bandstand in Clapham Common this afternoon in moving scenes.

    Some mourners were seen in tears as they gathered to pay tribute to the marketing manager, who vanished on March 3.

    There was also police present in London as people gathered to pay their respects.

    It comes after Reclaim the Streets slammed the police after revealing they were threatened with a £10,000 fine under Covid laws if the events went ahead.

    They also accused cops of being "unwilling to engage" and are now urging people to "shine a light" in a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm.

  • Joseph Gamp

    KATE MIDDLETON PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘MURDERED’ SARAH EVERARD AT CLAPHAM COMMON

    Kate Middleton paid tribute to Sarah Everard today at Clapham Common.

    The Duchess of Cambridge was among tearful mourners who gathered at the spot tragic Sarah Everard was last seen as vigils were cancelled across the UK.

    A palace source said: " The Duchess wanted to pay her respects to Sarah and her family.
     
    "She remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married."

    A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK – including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    COP ‘EXPOSED HIMSELF TWICE IN MCDONALD’S’ DAYS BEFORE SARAH VANISHED

    The cop who has been charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard has been linked TWO flashing reports at McDonald’s in south London, it was reported yesterday.

    The police watchdog is now investigating whether officers responded “appropriately” to a report linked to Wayne Couzens, 48, three days before Sarah, 33, disappeared.

    Met Police confirmed they were investigating two separate indecent exposure incidents at a fast food restaurant.

    Both allegedly occurred on the Sunday at the same fast food restaurant, and are believed to have been caught on CCTV.

    A source told The Standard: “It’s definitely not that police did nothing about the indecent exposure or that they turned a blind eye to a crime by a colleague. But the question will be whether the case was progressed quickly enough.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    VIGIL IN SARAH'S HOME CITY OF YORK ALSO CANCELLED

    A vigil planned for Ms Everard's home city of York has also been cancelled and organisers are instead encouraging people to post a photo of a candle in their window or doorway.

    West Midlands Police said events in Coventry and Birmingham had also been cancelled after discussions with the organisers.

    Greater Manchester Police reminded people that congregating in large groups remained illegal due to current coronavirus restrictions but said it "absolutely supports" the doorstep vigils and "encourages our communities to join them".

    Commander Catherine Roper, Met Police lead for community engagement, said: "I would like to thank the organisers of tonight's vigil in Clapham Common for cancelling the gathering. Since Sarah's disappearance, we have shared Londoners' anguish, shock and sadness at the truly awful circumstances of her disappearance and death.

    "I know that yesterday's ruling would have been unwelcome news for the organisers and to those who were hoping to join others in tribute to Sarah and to make a stand on violence against women."

  • Alice Fuller

    BODY FOUND IN BUILDER'S BAG

    The body of Sarah Everard was found inside a large builder's bag and identified using dental records, a court has heard.

    Serving Metropolitan Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with kidnapping and murdering the 33-year-old marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3.

    Her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday.

  • Alice Fuller

    TEARFUL MOURNERS GATHER

    Tearful mourners today gathered at the spot tragic Sarah Everard was last seen as vigils were cancelled across the UK.

    Crowds had been planning to meet in Clapham Common in solidarity with the 33-year-old.

    A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK – including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff – but the Met Police moved to ban the event due to Covid restrictions with other forces following suit.

    Some mourners were seen in tears as they gathered to pay tribute to the marketing manager, who vanished on March 3.

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