Sarah Everard vigil: Police ‘failed to help’ woman allegedly flashed at after event


A woman claims a man indecently exposed himself to her immediately after a vigil for Sarah Everard – but says police showed no interest in investigating.

The Met Police are looking into the allegation, after the flasher was alleged to have targeted the woman on Saturday evening.

The woman claimed a male officer told her it would not be investigated because police had “had enough” of “rioters”.

It followed a vigil at Clapham Common, which saw police criticised for their heavy-handed response to the gathering.

The victim told Lambeth Life: “I was just shocked to be told essentially to go away.”

The woman said she was shocked that police did not investigate (file image)

And she continued: “You shouldn’t be scared around the police – you should feel protected.

“That’s not what happened.”

She claimed that a female officer said the flasher would be investigated, only for a male colleague to interrupt and say: “No, we’ve had enough tonight with the rioters.”

It happened at around 8pm close to the scene where Sarah, 33, was last seen.

The man allegedly exposed himself after a vigil on Saturday night

In a statement police said the claim officers did not accept her report would be “looked at”.

The Met said: “The complainant, a woman, reported that a man had exposed himself.

“An appointment has been made with the woman to progress this.

“We are aware of a report that she tried to report this incident at the time to officers in the area – this will be looked at.”

On Saturday evening a huge crowd gathered to pay their respects to Sarah, 33, whose death was confirmed on Friday after human remains were found in woodland in Kent.

Sarah disappeared while walking home between Clapham and Brixton on March 3.

Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with kidnapping and killing her, and appeared in court on Saturday.

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