Organisers CANCEL Sarah Everard 'Reclaim These Streets' vigil

Organisers CANCEL Sarah Everard ‘Reclaim These Streets’ vigil at Clapham Common set to be held today and urge people to stay at home after they lost High Court legal challenge against Met Police

A planned vigil for Sarah Everard has been cancelled after the organisers lamented a ‘lack of constructive engagement’ with the Met Police to help make it Covid secure.

A Reclaim These Streets event was due to be held tonight at Clapham Common, near where the 33-year-old went missing on March 3. 

Organisers yesterday went to the High Court for a ruling if they were allowed to host the event during lockdown, which bans gatherings, but the judge did not intervene on their behalf. 

This morning a statement from the group said: ‘We have been very disappointed that given the many opportunities to engage with the organisers constructively, the Metropolitan Police have been unable to commit to anything.’

Organisers said they had made ‘every effort’ to pull off the vigil, including staggering start times, to ‘balance our right as women to freedom of expression’ with Covid curbs.  

The vigil was planned for Saturday in memory of marketing executive Sarah Everard, who disappeared while walking home to Brixton on March 3

The vigil was planned for Saturday in memory of marketing executive Sarah Everard, who disappeared while walking home to Brixton on March 3

A High Court judge last night refused to intervene on behalf of the group in a legal challenge over the right to gather for a protest during coronavirus restrictions

 A High Court judge last night refused to intervene on behalf of the group in a legal challenge over the right to gather for a protest during coronavirus restrictions