Refuge responds to the news Met has charged four attendees of the vigil for Sarah Everard


Responding to the news that the Met has charged four attendees of the vigil for Sarah Everard, Refuge CEO Ruth Davison said:

‘We strongly disagree with this decision by the Met. After their application to appeal the judgement against them brought by Reclaim These Streets was refused for the second time, they should have sensed the public temperature and ceased any further action.

With trust in the police incredibly low, it is absurd that the force is attempting to prosecute individuals who attended a peaceful gathering for a young woman who was kidnapped and murdered by a serving officer.

The fact these attendees are facing prosecution for breaking the same Covid rules that Couzens used to kidnap and kill Sarah is something I cannot comprehend. It is a move that will do nothing to rebuild women’s trust in the police.

The Met would be better advised to focus on improving the charging and prosecution rates for perpetrators of abuse and violence against women and girls and getting their own house in order.’


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