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PM has ‘full confidence’ in Met Police chief despite ‘very distressing’ vigil scenes

Written by on 15/03/2021

Boris Johnson has given his full backing to the head of the Metropolitan Police but admitted the chaos at Saturday night’s vigil for Sarah Everard was “very distressing”.

Cressida Dick has faced calls to resign over her force’s handling of events at Clapham Common in south London, after police were seen grabbing several women and leading them away in handcuffs.

But, speaking to reporters in Coventry on Monday, the prime minister said he supported Dame Cressida.

When asked if he had full confidence in the Met Police chief, Mr Johnson replied: “Yes, I do. And what she’s asked is… that we look at what happened on Saturday night.

“The police do have a very, very difficult job, but there’s no question that the scenes that we saw were very distressing.

“So it’s right Tom Winsor [Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary] should do a full report into it.

“I think people have got to have confidence in the police and Tom’s going to be looking at that.”

People had gathered informally for Saturday’s vigil after an event organised by Reclaim These Streets was cancelled following talks with the Met Police, which said it would be in breach of coronavirus rules.

Four people were arrested for public order and coronavirus regulation breaches.

On Sunday, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the force’s headquarters at New Scotland Yard and chanted “shame on you”.

 Sky News

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