Police ordered to give ‘full report’ after women detained at Sarah Everard vigil

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The Met Police have been ordered to give a "full report" after they were slammed for their behaviour towards mostly female protesters in London on Saturday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she asked for the force to explain what happened after footage showed screaming women being detained and dragged away at a vigil for Sarah Everard on Clapham Common.

She wrote on Twitter: "Some of the footage circulating online from the vigil in Clapham is upsetting. I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened.

"My thoughts remain with Sarah's family and friends at this terrible time."

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Twitter: "The scenes from Clapham Common are unacceptable. 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."

He said he was "in contact" with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, and was "urgently seeking an explanation".

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida has been urged to "consider" her leadership of the force.

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In a letter, Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey 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."

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  • Sarah Everard
  • MET Police
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