James Wild speaks about Met police "failure" after Sarah Everard vigil pictures emerge
A West Norfolk MP has accused police chiefs of "failing" in their response to a vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard last night.
The Metropolitan Police has been widely condemned for its handling of the event, with images of women being held down by male officers circulating widely on social media.
And North West Norfolk MP James Wild has added his voice to the criticism in a social media post, in which he said the force had "failed" to respond appropriately.
He wrote: "The scenes of women being manhandled at a vigil are appalling. When people understandably came despite advice not to, this wasn’t the right way to respond."
Although the officially organised vigil was called off, several hundred people still gathered at the spot where Ms Everard was last seen alive.
A serving police officer, Wayne Couzens, appeared in court yesterday charged with the kidnap and murder of Ms Everard and has been remanded in custody.
An independent review of the event is set to take place and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, is facing calls to resign.
But, while most of the reaction to the events has been critical, some have sought to defend the police, claiming the event should not have taken place during the current lockdown.
Others have also used Mr Wild's comments to urge him to oppose a new Policing Bill that is due before Parliament tomorrow, which critics claim will significantly reduce the right to hold protest events.
One Twitter user replying to Mr Wild wrote: "I cannot begin to grasp how peaceful women mourning the death of a woman could be treated in this way. I’m asking you to consider the Bill on Monday & vote against it.
"We are not Trump's U.K. We respect human rights & the public are rightly appalled by these pictures."