Who are Reclaim These Streets?

RECLAIM These Streets will tonight hold a vigil for teacher Sabrina Nessa – six months after thousands gathered to pay tribute to Sarah Everard.

Here's all you need to know about the community group…

What is Reclaim These Streets?

A website says that Reclaim These Streets "is organised by a group of women who wanted to channel the collective grief, outrage and sadness in our community" following the death of Sarah Everard.

Events had been planned across the UK, including a vigil on Clapham Comon to pay tribute to Sarah, who disappeared while walking home in London.

The vigils were seen as a way of publicly urging for women's safety in the UK's streets.

Organisers add: "We believe that streets should be safe for women, regardless of what you wear, where you live or what time of day or night it is.

"We shouldn’t have to wear bright colours when we walk home and clutch our keys in our fists to feel safe.

“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."

On March 12, police confirmed a body found in Kent woodlands is that of missing Sarah Everard.

The 33-year-old had been walking home from Clapham, south London, on March 3 when she vanished – with the Met Police confirming officers have now launched a murder probe.

What happened at Sarah Everard's vigil?

Despite vigils being cancelled after cops threatened to impose fines of £10,000 each on the people who were organising the events up and down the country, many still gathered on Clapham Common last night (Saturday, March 13).

Heavy-handed cops dragged tearful women away from a candle-lit shrine during ugly clashes in Clapham, south London.

Mourners shouted “shame on you” at officers as they ripped women off the metal railings.

Shocking pictures showed one 5ft 2in mourner being pinned to the floor as she was arrested and others cuffed as they were led away.

The Met Police have since confirmed that four people were arrested during the clashes.

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has called for the Met Police Commissioner to "consider" her leadership of the force, as fury mounts over cops storming mourners as last night's vigil.

He branded the scenes "a complete abject tactical and moral failure on the part of the police".

Home Secretary Ms Patel has called for a "full report" from the Met Police into the clashes on the Common.

She wrote on Twitter: "Some of the footage circulating online from the vigil in Clapham is upsetting.

"I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened.

"My thoughts remain with Sarah’s family and friends at this terrible time."

When is the vigil for Sabina Nessa?

Cops say teacher Sabina Nessa was on her way to meet a friend at a pub when she was attacked.

Met detectives said Sabina left home on Astell Road in Greenwich, South East London, just before 8.30pm on Friday, September 17.

She is believed to have been making her way through Cator Park towards The Depot bar on Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, where she planned to meet a friend.

The journey should have taken her five minutes, but Sabina never arrived at the pub and is thought to have been murdered as she walked through the park.

A candlelight vigil has been organised by Reclaim These Streets at 7pm tonight, September 23 in Kidbrooke Village.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring their own candles to show their respects. 

Sabina's death has sparked outrage after she joined a growing list of women killed in public spaces in London in recent months.

Campaigners are now demanding action to tackle violence against women in the wake of the latest tragedy.

Our Streets Now said: "It’s why we don’t walk where we want, when we want.

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“It’s why we tense at the sound of a car pulling up, or of a man crossing the street towards us.

“It’s why one in five girls have avoided their place of education.

“Please, stop telling us we’re overreacting.

“Sabina Ness, Sarah Everard, Bibaa Henry, Nicole Smallman.

“And these are just the names that we remember.

“Male violence is killing us. It’s restricting our right to be free and equal citizens.

“We need change, now.”

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