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Thousands of people gather across the UK to hold vigils for Sarah Everard

Thousands of Britons last night gathered to remember Sarah Everard in at least nine vigils held in towns and cities across the UK - in defiance of calls for the events to be cancelled in the wake of Covid-19.

Mourners stood together in Clapham Common from 6pm on Saturday to lay flowers and pay tribute to the marketing executive, who was found dead in Kent a week after she disappeared while walking home in south London.

They were joined by hundreds of others who gathered to light candles in memory of Miss Everard in Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Nottingham - where Britons held placards reading 'We are all Sarah' and 'Teach this in schools.'

Others remembered the marketing executive by lighting candles on their doorsteps and windowsills, with tributes paid by Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds, Labour Leader Keir Starmer and actor Richard E Grant.

The largest of the vigils took place in Clapham Common, close to where marketing executive Miss Everard, 33, vanished while walking towards her home in Brixton on March 3.

It began peacefully at around 6pm on Saturday, with Kate Middleton among those seen paying tribute.

But clashes broke out later in the night, with Scotland Yard seen arresting several women who had congregated without social distancing in a response dubbed 'neither appropriate nor proportionate' by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the scenes were 'upsetting', while confirming she has asked the Metropolitan Police for a 'full report on what happened' during the vigil on Saturday.

The planned event had been cancelled following a High Court battle on Friday, but an estimated 1,500 Londoners defied calls from the Metropolitan Police 'stay at home or find a lawful and safer way to express your views' to attend.

Around 150 people gathered in Valley Gardens, Brighton for another vigil tonight, with Sussex Police confirming a 20-year-old man was arrested and eight fines were handed out to those in attendance.

'We acknowledge many women have experienced violence, abuse or harassment and this is not acceptable,' a statement added. 'Protecting our communities is a top priority for Sussex Police, and we will do what it takes to ensure you feel safe in the county where you live.'

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My view: Some people are complete evil, The monster who did this heinous act to Sarah should definitely be hanged.


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