Sarah Everard vigils: Met police ‘will have to explain’ arrest at Clapham event, says Home Office minister – live

Sarah Everard vigils: Met police ‘will have to explain’ arrest at Clapham event, says Home Office minister – live

March 14, 2021

Victoria Atkins says home secretary has asked Met commissioner Cressida Dick for ‘full report’ of Saturday evening’s policing

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Jess Phillips, Labour’s shadow domestic violence minister, told Ridge on Sunday there were so many missed opportunities yesterday for the police to work with organisers to hold a safe vigil for people to express their sorrow and resistance.

The images from last night will only “undermine” their effort to get women to come forward, she added.

The reality is if Cressida Dick stays or goes, it doesn’t make women in this country more safe.

Labour’s @jessphillips refuses to be drawn on whether Met chief should go.

She tells Sky: “The wind is at our back, for women who have been fighting for better for generations…

“The reality is if Cressida Dick stays or goes it doesn’t make women in this country safer.”

Here is our overnight story detailing how, amid cross-party anger, the Metropolitan police defended its policing of the Clapham vigil as “necessary”. Officers were put in a position where they had to take “enforcement action”, said assistant commissioner Helen Ball.

Related: Sarah Everard: Met defends policing of London vigil as ‘necessary’

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