Sarah Everard vigil: UK asked to light candles on doorsteps tonight

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People in the UK are invited to light candles tonight to honour the memory of Sarah Everard after organisers were forced to cancel vigils.

Everyone is asked to shine a light – a candle, a torch, a phone – to remember the marketing executive and ‘all women affected by and lost to violence’.

Reclaim These Streets, which was forced into cancelling a Clapham vigil, has asked people to shine their lights at 9.30pm, although a similar candlelit event was already planned for 6pm.

It comes as a crowdfunding campaign launched on Saturday morning by Reclaim These Streets passes £100,000 in donations. The money will be donated to supporting women’s causes around the country. 

A statement from the group read: ’This evening at 9.30pm we will be joining people around the country in a doorstep vigil, standing on our doorsteps and shining a light – a candle, a torch, a phone – to remember Sarah Everard and all women affected by and lost to violence.

‘We continue to strongly encourage people not to attend any gatherings on Clapham Common this evening. Safety, both from Covid-19 and legal consequences, has always been our top priority for the women of South London.

‘We aren’t just lighting a candle for the women we’ve lost: we have been inspired by the women who have reached out and hope this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change.

Sarah Everard, 33, was a ‘kind and beautiful’ marketing executive (Picture: Met Police)

‘We want to remember that at the heart of this story is a young woman who isn’t going home tonight, and a family who have lost a daughter and sister.

‘We echo the family’s call that if anyone has further information on her case, please call the Met’s Incident Room on 0208 785 8244.’

Human remains found in a woodland in Kent on Wednesday were identified as those of Ms Everard on Friday.

On the night of her disappearance, the ‘beautiful and incredibly kind’ marketing executive is thought to have walked from her friend’s house in Clapham through Clapham Common towards her home in Brixton – a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes.

She was seen on footage from a doorbell camera walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill, south of Brixton, at around 9.30pm.

Serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens was charged with the murder and kidnap of Ms Everard last night. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

Shortly after the charges were confirmed, police said that Couzens had been taken back to hospital on Friday with a fresh head injury, less than 48 hours after he was found unconscious in his cell.

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