Households across the region hold vigils in memory of Sarah Everard

  • Pictures from Claire Marchetti

Doorstep vigils in memory of Sarah Everard were staged across the region on Saturday evening after gatherings were cancelled when police raised concerns surrounding Covid-19 restrictions.

A 'Reclaim These Streets' event in Newcastle was called off on Friday. Organisers instead urged supporters to light a candle at home.

A vigil outside the Minster in York, where Sarah Everard went to school, was also cancelled.

The Metropolitan Police force is under intense pressure to explain its handling of a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.

The event in Clapham, south London, was largely peaceful, but scuffles broke out at the front of a crowd as police surrounded a bandstand covered in floral tributes to the 33-year-old marketing executive.

  • Claire Marchetti from ‘Reclaim These Streets’ Newcastle, is disappointed that gatherings could not go ahead:

"I don't think this is something that is localised to the North East, I think this is something that almost every woman in the UK experiences", Claire says.

"And I think that is what has brought together people from all over the country wanting to do something, have a voice and speak up."