People in Southport are being encouraged to join in a doorstep vigil tonight (Saturday, 13 March 2021) to remember Sarah Everard.
Reclaim the Street had originally planned a vigil in Liverpool in her memory this evening, but this has now been postponed at the request of Merseyside Police.
Sarah Everard vanished on Clapham Common while walking home from her friend’s house earlier this month. Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has since been charged with her murder.
Sarah, originally from York, had left her friend’s house in Leathwaite Road in London around 9pm on 3 March. The last known sighting of Ms Everard was captured on a doorbell camera just after 9.30pm showing her walking alone toward Tulse Hill.
Her body was found in woodland near Ashford, Kent, a week later.
This week hundreds of people have shared their thoughts on Sarah’s tragedy through Stand Up For Southport, following a heartfelt blog written by Southport journalist Nicola Kenyon.
People across the UK are now being asked to remember Sarah with their own tribute tonight.
Merseyside Police has thanked the organisers of the Reclaim these Streets vigil for postponing their event until a time when it is safe and legal to do so without fear of attributing to the potential spread of Coronavirus.
Merseyside Police Deputy Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said: “We have been working closely with the organisers of the Reclaim these Streets vigil, which was planned to be held in Liverpool tonight, and they have now agreed to hold the event virtually on social media in line with current legislation to prevent further spread of Coronavirus.
“We would like to thank the organisers for their cooperation and understanding in the last 24 hours.
“We completely understand, that following the murder of Sarah Everard, people across the UK wanted to hold the event in Sarah’s memory, whilst at the same time recognising the dangers faced by women.
“We will continue to work with women who are subjected to sexual harassment, or physical, or violent abuse, and our partners, so that we can identify offenders and make the streets safer for women who live and work in our communities.
“We as a society do need to take a strong stance against such attacks on women and we completely understand the concerns of those who support the Reclaim these Streets movement.
“Women should be empowered to live their lives without fear of sexual objectification, harassment, or physical and mental abuse.”