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Sarah Everard: Metropolitan Police officer charged with the kidnap and homicide of Sarah Everard, who went lacking in London

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Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court docket on Saturday for his first listening to. He has been remanded in custody and can subsequent seem in courtroom on the Previous Bailey in London on March 16, in accordance with Met Police.

Everard disappeared on March 3 whereas strolling in Clapham, south London, prompting an in depth police search within the space.

Her stays had been ultimately discovered greater than 50 miles from the place she was final seen. A autopsy examination will now happen on Everard’s stays.

Couzens, a police constable whose “major position was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises,” was arrested in Kent on Tuesday. He was charged on Friday, in accordance with an announcement from Rosemary Ainslie, the CPS’ head of particular crime.

The Unbiased Workplace for Police Conduct, a police watchdog company, stated in an announcement on Thursday that it had began an impartial investigation into police actions involving the suspect.
Everard’s disappearance has prompted hundreds of girls to share their very own experiences of intimidation or harassment whereas strolling alone at evening throughout the nation — and all over the world.

Many additionally exchanged notes on the recurring precautions they take to attempt to keep protected after they stroll alone — like clutching keys between their knuckles, pretending to speak to somebody on the cellphone, or not carrying headphones at evening — and voiced their anger and frustration that it looks like a crucial step.

Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, remembers what it felt prefer to stroll round London at evening earlier than she obtained married, a royal supply stated. The duchess made a personal go to to the memorial for Everard in Clapham on Saturday, the supply stated. She needed to pay her respects to Everard and her household.

In an announcement on Friday, the Met stated that in “the pursuits of readability about these distinctive occasions,” it was releasing additional particulars of Couzens’ employment with the drive.
Sarah Everard case prompts outpouring from women sharing stories of abuse and harassment on UK streets

Couzens joined the Met in September 2018 and was posted to a response workforce overlaying the Bromley space in southeast London. He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Safety Command in February 2020, the place his “major position was on uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises, primarily a variety of Embassies,” the Met assertion stated.

Nick Ephgrave, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, stated on Friday that he understood that “girls in London and the broader public, notably these within the space the place Sarah went lacking, will probably be nervous and could be feeling frightened,” and that Londoners may count on to see an increase in officers on the streets within the coming days.

“I do know that the general public feels damage and offended about what has occurred. And people are sentiments that I share personally, and I do know my colleagues right here at Scotland Yard and throughout the Met share as properly,” Ephgrave stated.

‘Reclaim the Streets’

A collection of vigils had been deliberate Saturday throughout the nation, however the “Reclaim These Streets” occasions had been canceled after London Police stated the Clapham vigil could not go forward, citing coronavirus restrictions, the organizers stated in an announcement Saturday.

A big crowd of mourners gathered for hours Saturday night anyway at a makeshift memorial in Clapham, the place Everard was final seen.

Crowds gather at a makeshift memorial to Everard in Clapham in south London, where she was last seen.

The group noticed a second of silence. Some positioned flowers and candles, and chanted, “We bear in mind Sarah Everard” and “sisters united won’t ever be defeated.”

As police started urging the gang to disperse because of Covid-19 restrictions, mourners might be heard chanting “disgrace on you” and “arrest your personal.”

Organizers instructed CNN that police and native officers have allowed one other vigil to be held Saturday night to commemorate Everard and different girls who’ve been murdered by males. That was held in Brixton, the place Everard lived, however most individuals stayed on the bigger gathering in Clapham.

The “Reclaim These Streets” organizers stated they are going to be elevating £32,000 (roughly US $44,544) for ladies’s causes, which might additionally cowl £10,000 (round US $13,920) of doable fines for the 32 vigils that had been scheduled throughout the nation.

Mourners laid flowers and put down candles at the memorial in Clapham.

On Saturday, the Higher Manchester Police (GMP) stated they supported a vigil that has been deliberate in Manchester, saying in an announcement that “girls ought to by no means must stay in worry or change their conduct to maintain themselves protected on our streets and GMP stands with this message and understands why occasions had been deliberate in assist of it.”

“We perceive there are a selection of on-line occasions in addition to a doorstep vigil which have been organized for this night and GMP completely helps these and encourages our communities to hitch them — they permit folks to face collectively over this vital matter in a Covid-safe manner and in a manner which complies with authorities rules as they at present stand,” it stated.

Feeling unsafe in public locations

Within the UK, cases of abduction are comparatively uncommon, however new polling signifies that sexual harassment and abuse aren’t.

Over 70% of girls surveyed by UN Girls UK stated they’d skilled sexual harassment in public areas. That determine rose to 97% amongst girls aged 18 to 24, polling confirmed. The information, launched Wednesday, was drawn from a YouGov survey of greater than 1,000 girls commissioned by UN Girls UK in January 2021.

The group’s polling additionally advised that ladies have little religion in public establishments to deal with the scenario.

“Solely 4% of girls instructed us they reported the incidents of harassment to an official group — with 45% of girls saying they did not consider reporting would assist change something,” UN Girls UK stated.

Girls aren’t alone in feeling below risk on the streets; males usually tend to be the victims of violent crime involving strangers and acquaintances than are girls, in accordance with the annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, printed by the UK Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS).

However authorities knowledge present that males are much more more likely to be prosecuted for acts of violence in opposition to each ladies and men. Over the three-year interval ending March 2020, the overwhelming majority of suspects convicted of murder had been male — 93% of the overall, in accordance with an ONS report on murder.

CNN’s Amy Cassidy, Flo Davey-Attlee and Zahid Mahmood contributed to this report.

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