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Clapham Common Bandstand Filled With Flowers To Pay Respect To Sarah Everard

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Clapham Common Bandstand Filled With Flowers To Pay Respect To Sarah Everard

The Clapham Common bandstand has been filled with flowers to pay respect to Sarah Everard.

Dozens of bouquets have been woven through the railings by tearful mourners, who have gathered to pay tribute to the 33-year-old who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat on 3 March.

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Credit: PA

Photos from Clapham Common today show friends standing with their arms around each other, while they reflect on the emerging details of the tragic case.

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Others are seen with tears in their eyes as they look at the floral tributes.

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Credit: PA

A vigil was planned at 6pm today for Ms Everard at Clapham Common, but was subsequently cancelled to comply with Covid-19 regulations.

But locals still paid their respects to the marketing manager, who was last seen in the Clapham area, by leaving bunches of flowers, while practising social distancing.

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The heartbreaking scenes come after police confirmed that human remains found in Kent were that of Ms Everard.

Instead of the Clapham Common vigil, households across the UK are invited to take part in the 'Shine A Light' doorstep vigil in remembrance of Ms Everard.

Campaign group Reclaim These Streets has encouraged the public to shine a light or hold a candle on their doorstep instead.

The group has also raised more than £200,000 for women's charities.

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A statement was shared on the campaign's official Twitter account, which read: "This evening at 9.30pm we will be joining people around the country in a doorstep vigil, standing on our doorsteps and shining a light - a candle, a torch, a phone - to remember Sarah Everard and all the women affected by and lost to violence. We invite all those who planned on attending to #ReclaimTheseStreets even to join us.

"We continue to strongly encourage people not to attend any gatherings on Clapham Common this evening. Safety, both from Covid-19 and legal consequences, has always been our top priority for the women of South London.

"We aren't just lighting a candle for the women we've lost: we have been inspired by the women who have reached out and hope this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change."

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Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard.

He appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning (13 March). The case will be heard at the Old Bailey on Tuesday 16 March.

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Topics: UK News

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