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Sarah Everard vigil: Tearful mourners gather at Clapham Bandstand


Many were seen placing flowers at a bandstand where a planned vigil in honour of Ms Everard was due to start at 6pm.

Reclaim These Streets had been speaking with the Met Police about how they could proceed with the event but the organisers took the decision to cancel it.

But this did not stop shocked locals flocking to the park, which is located close to where the 33-year-old marketing executive was last seen.

Ms Everard, who lived in Brixton, disappeared on March 3 after walking back from a friend’s home in Clapham.

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Wayne Couzens, a serving Met Police officer, has been charged with her murder and kidnap.

The news sent shockwaves through the local community and many looked visibly shaken as they stood by the bandstand.

One woman tweeted: “We went to pay our respects and the whole of the bandstand at Clapham Common is woven through with flowers #saraheverard #reclaimthestreets”

Another Twitter user said: “People are threading their bouquets through the Clapham Common bandstand and already it is making the most beautiful monument to Sarah Everard and to all who knew and loved her.”

On Friday, a High Court judge refused to intervene on behalf of Reclaim These Streets in a legal challenge over the right to protest during lockdown.

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.

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