IDS reveals letter from female police officer following Clapham vigil
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Iain Duncan Smith called on Priti Patel to dial down escalating tensions following footage of police breaking up the Sarah Everard vigil on Saturday night. Organisers of the vigil Reclaim These Streets had argued that they had the right to hold the event despite a ban on gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. But they claimed that senior officers in the Metropolitan Police refused to engage with them constructively on plans to make the event Covid safe, and so cancelled the vigil.
Mr Duncan Smith told MPs: “The reality that right honourable friend has announced she is having an inquiry into what happened in those terrible events on what happened Saturday night.
“They were shameful but I was contacted by a female police officer to tell me what happened to her on that night.
“She was threatened. She was told she should have been murdered, not Sarah Everard and that she was manhandled.
“I simply say on all sides we should be dialling this down, not trying to raise the temperature by calling for resignations.”
Ms Patel replied: “It is a well-made point. I, too, have been written to by many police officers expressing very similar sentiments as well from their own experiences and I think the point about not pre-judging is absolutely right.
“The police have operational independence.
“Obviously as Home Secretary, I have called for a report, I’ve received a report but now there is an independence review and it’s right that we have that review to strengthen public trust in policing.”
It comes as hundreds of women have left floral tributes in the park near to the route Sarah Everard walked before she went missing.
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Throughout Monday, mourners arrived from across the capital to leave flowers and cards on the bandstand at Clapham Common, south London, two days after police officers clashed with the crowds which gathered there to remember the 33-year-old marketing executive in a candlelit vigil.
Joanne Beaney, 37, who went there from north-west London with her 13-month-old daughter Kitty to lay a bouquet, said she had found the news about Miss Everard’s death particularly upsetting as a mother.
She said: “I feel like the news about when she went missing was just so upsetting, because you just feel like it could have been any one of us.
“Maybe I find it harder because I’m a mum, and I don’t know, somebody being abducted off the streets late at night… the fact that it happened is just terrifying.”
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Ms Beaney said the incident has made her feel less protected by the police, adding that the reputation of the Metropolitan Police force is “quite damaged” by the way officers handled the gathering at Clapham Common on Saturday.
“Would I see police in the same way, and would I turn to a policeman when I’m feeling vulnerable, which I always would have done – would I be a bit more fearful of doing that? Maybe, yes,” she said.
Verity Mullan-Wilkinson, a 29-year-old actor from West Yorkshire, went from Hackney in east London to lay flowers and a card for Miss Everard.
“Coming down here seemed like the right way to pay respect,” she said.
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