Liverpool vigil planned in wake of Sarah Everard disappearance

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A "Reclaim These Streets" vigil is due to take place in Liverpool this weekend in the wake of the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

People will gather outside the city's Bombed Out Church at 6pm on Saturday.

It is in solidarity with one being held at the same time at Clapham Common following the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

The Covid-secure vigil in Liverpool is one of a number planned for around the country .

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Organisers said: "It's wrong that the response to violence against women requires women to behave differently. In Clapham, police told women not to go out at night this week. Women are not the problem.

"We've all been following the tragic case of Sarah Everard over the last week. This is a vigil for Sarah, but also for all women who feel unsafe, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day."

Police are continuing to question a serving officer on suspicion of the murder of Sarah following the discovery of human remains.

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The Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday night that remains had been found in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent by detectives investigating the 33-year-old's disappearance.

A serving police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command had earlier been arrested on suspicion of Ms Everard's kidnap and murder.

The Met said the arrested officer's main job was uniformed patrol of diplomatic premises, but would not specify where he had worked. He was not on duty at the time of Ms Everard's disappearance.

The diplomatic protection squad is responsible for guarding the Parliamentary estate including Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster, as well as embassies in London.

The vigil will be held at St Luke's (the Bombed Out Church)

The officer, in his 40s, was also arrested over a separate allegation of indecent exposure, the Met said.

A woman in her 30s has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The remains have not yet been identified.

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Marketing executive Ms Everard vanished while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on Wednesday, March 3.

Ms Everard is thought to have walked through Clapham Common towards her house in Brixton – a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes.

She was last captured on a doorbell camera walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill at around 9.30pm on March 3.

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