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Sarah Everard vigil talks continuing as people pledge to go regardless

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People have vowed to attend the London event on Saturday evening, despite the Metropolitan Police warning the public they should “stay at home or find a lawful and safer way to express your views”.

Reclaim These Streets is planning to host the vigil on Clapham Common in south London on Saturday, near to where the 33-year-old, whose body was formally identified on Friday, went missing.

Earlier on Friday, a High Court judge refused to intervene on behalf of the group in a legal challenge over the right to gather for a protest during coronavirus restrictions.

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The group brought an urgent action in a bid for a declaration that any ban on outdoor gatherings under coronavirus regulations is “subject to the right to protest”, and thus the vigil should be allowed to happen.

Mr Justice Holgate declined to grant the group’s request and also refused to make a declaration that an alleged policy by the force of “prohibiting all protests, irrespective of the specific circumstances” is unlawful.

Despite the ruling, many women said they still planned to attend the Clapham vigil.

Becki Elson told the PA news agency she will be at Clapham Common Bandstand at 6pm on Saturday with her 19-year-old daughter Megen.

“Even if no one else shows up, we will take a moment to remember Sarah and leave a candle for her,” the 35-year-old from Brixton said.

“It’s time for women to fight back, to take control, to lead the way out of this nightmare that has lasted the entire span of human history.”

However, some events have now been cancelled following the decision, including one in Whitstable, Kent.

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