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King's Lynn vigil for Sarah Everard "would break Covid restrictions" say police

Police have warned that the Lynn vigil for Sarah Everard on Saturday would be a breach of covid restrictions.

The 33-year-old's marketing executive's tragic murder has started a debate about the safety of women on the streets.

The event will take place on Saturday, in a covid safe manner, on the Saturday Market Place at 6pm.

Flowers outside of North Wootton Village Hall in memory of Sarah Everard (45160587)
Flowers outside of North Wootton Village Hall in memory of Sarah Everard (45160587)

Event organisers have said the police are aware.

The Met have been heavily criticised for their handling of a similar vigil at Clapham last weekend.

An organiser of the Lynn event, Councillor Jo Rust said: "There is a great strength and depth of feelings and it's important that the women of King's Lynn and West Norfolk are able to peacefully pay their respects and remember the lives of women who have been murdered while doing nothing more than walking home."

Ms Rust said on BBC Radio Norfolk this morning: "We will make sure the event is Covid safe and will only allow four people at a time to come and pay their respects."

"Supporters have been advised to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines."

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: 'We understand the strength of feeling and people's desire to come together to mourn the death of Sarah Everard and make a statement on the issues of women's safety.

"However, large gatherings are not currently permitted under the COVID-19 regulations to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Many people have made sacrifices during lockdown and we must take a consistent approach to policing the regulations and cannot wave the regulations for any one type of gathering.

"We will continue to follow the four Es...to engage, explain and encourage, using enforcement where there are breaches of the law."

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