In pictures: Sheffield #ReclaimTheseStreets vigil
It was officially cancelled, but people still showed their respects
The event was replaced by a virtual Zoom vigil which took place at 6 pm online. However, this didn’t stop the public from going down to Devonshire Green and paying their respects to Ms Everard. Flowers and signs were placed and candles were lit to show their condolences for the murder and kidnap of the 33-year-old.
Sarah went missing in Clapham on her walk home from a friend’s house. A Metropolitan policeman was arrested for kidnap and murder after a body discovered in Kent was identified as Sarah’s.
Across the UK, vigils were cancelled by the police but many still went ahead. The original event in Clapham, set up in memory of Sarah, was one of them. Hundreds of people gathered at the bandstand in the Clapham park to pay their respects to Ms Everard.
Police had warned the public of £10k fines if they attended as the event breached lockdown, but this was ignored. Police came in force to the Clapham vigil trying to disperse the crowds and arrested many women.
Footage of the aggressive nature of the police at the Clapham vigil caused uproar with the distressing videos and images captured.
Sheffield’s assistant chief constable Tim Forber said: “We are acutely aware of the groundswell of concern in relation to some of the matters this protest aims to address. Sarah Everard’s kidnap and murder has shocked us all, and we understand the need to come together at this difficult time.
“However, we must remind you that Covid-19 is still very much present in our communities. We urge you to make your voices heard in a safe and COVID compliant way, be that virtually or in another way.”
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