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In pictures: Candlelit vigils take place on doorsteps across UK to remember women lost to violence

Written by on 13/03/2021

Candlelit vigils have taken place on doorsteps across the country in memory of Sarah Everard, and all women affected by and lost to violence.

Ahead of the nationwide event, held at 9.30pm on Saturday, the Reclaim These Streets group said: “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.”

Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds were among those who lit a candle for Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who went missing on 3 March.

A candle was placed outside 10 Downing Street
Image: A candle was placed outside 10 Downing Street

The prime minister said he was thinking of her family and friends, adding: “I cannot imagine how unbearable their pain and grief is. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime.

“I will do everything I can to make sure the streets are safe and ensure women and girls do not face harassment or abuse.”

The doorstep vigil came hours after hundreds of people gathered at Clapham Common in south London, not far from where Sarah went missing, despite a planned event being cancelled because it risked breaching lockdown rules.

Those scenes were replicated in towns and cities across the UK, with people coming together to call for violence against women to be taken seriously – and for measures to be taken in order for women to feel safe in public spaces.

People across the country took part in a candlelit vigil for Sarah Everard on Saturday night
Image: The murder of Sarah Everard has sparked a public outcry
People light candles outside the Scottish Parliament after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard in Edinburgh was cancelled.
Image: People light candles outside the Scottish Parliament
People attend a vigil for Sarah Everard, following her kidnap and murder, at King's Parade street in Cambridge, Britain March 13, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers
Image: A Cambridge University student organised a vigil for students on King’s Parade
Women gather in Nottingham city centre, some holding placards for Sarah Everard after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for was cancelled. Serving police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has appeared in court charged with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3. Picture date: Saturday March 13, 2021.
Image: ‘Sarah deserved to be safe,’ one placard at a gathering in Nottingham said
People gather at the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Serving police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has appeared in court charged with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3. Picture date: Saturday March 13, 2021.
Image: A large crowd gathered at the bandstand on Clapham Common after the Reclaim These Streets vigil was cancelled
Women gather at the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled.
Image: Bouquets of flowers have been left on Clapham Common – not far from where Sarah Everard went missing
Woman lay flowers on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, during a Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard.
Image: Woman lay flowers on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire
People gather on College Green in Bristol after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled.
Image: People gathered in cities across the county – including in Bristol
People places flowers at a tree on College Green in Bristol after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled. Serving police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has appeared in court charged with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3. Picture date: Saturday March 13, 2021.
Image: Events have also been held virtually ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday
Police surround the band stand in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled.
Image: On Clapham Common, a large crowd held up the torches on their mobile phones – shining a light to remember Sarah Everard
Women hold up placards outside the Senedd in Cardiff during a Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard.
Image: Women hold up placards outside the Senedd in Cardiff
Candles, messages and flowers left on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, during a Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard.
Image: Candles, messages and flowers were left on the steps of the Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire
Three women light candles in Bournemouth after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was cancelled.
Image: Three women light candles in Bournemouth

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