Sarah Everard’s family call for ‘positive change’ after thousands protest vigil viole…


After thousands gathered in protest at the police handling of a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard her family has now reportedly called for positive change.

Shocking footage emerged on Saturday showing women being pinned to the ground and dragged away by officers at Clapham Common.

Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick doubled down in the face of widespread criticism of the policing of the vigil, saying she had no intention of resigning.

Calls have been made for a probe into how the event that provoked a fierce backlash was policed.

On Sunday protestors gathered outside Scotland Yard and in Parliament Square as anger continues to mount over the police handling of the fiasco.

Sarah Everard
Sarah Everard, 33, first went missing on March 3

Now, the family of Miss Everard have spoken in The Sun and are calling for ‘positive change’ in the wake of the national outpouring of grief.

Aunt Andrea Everard was reported to have said: “It’s not right that women don’t feel safe on the street.

“All they were doing was showing support for Sarah and other women victims of appalling crime.

“I hope Sarah’s death can bring about some positive change.”

Husband Nick, Sarah’s uncle, was said to have thanked well-wishers and said the support had been ‘overwhelming.’

It comes as crowds descended again on the capital with many holding banners calling for better protection for women as well as berating police for the shocking response to the vigil.

Police were also stood guarding a statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament, while a small protest was held outside nearby Downing Street.

A large crowd of people holding placards gather in Parliament Square in London
A large crowd of people holding placards gathered in Parliament Square in London

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has resisted criticism

Earlier, Sadiq Khan called for a “full, independent” probe into the policing of the vigil and said officers’ behaviour was “completely unacceptable.”

Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said in the face of widespread criticism: “We’re still in a pandemic, unlawful gatherings are unlawful gatherings, officers have to take action if people are putting themselves massively at risk.”

The Mirror understands Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked Sir Tom Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary to investigate the Met’s handling of the event.

Serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with Sarah’s murder and kidnap.

Human remains found in Kent were confirmed to be those of the missing marketing executive, who was last seen on March 3.

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