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March through Bourne will show solidarity with women after Sarah Everard murder

** UPDATE: The organiser of the march has now postponed this vigil until after the lockdown ends**

A march is being organised through Bourne tonight (Saturday, March 13) to show solidarity with women following the murder of Sarah Everard.

The march will start at 6pm from the Tesco supermarket in South Road and go through town to Bourne Academy.

Sarah Everard
Sarah Everard

It is being organised even though Reclaim The Streets, which had planned to hold a vigil in Clapham where Sarah went missing, has had to cancel it because of the coronavirus restrictions.

The organiser of the Bourne march, Grace Reeves said: "In light of recent events, I want to show solidarity to women who have experienced anything from discomfort to verbal/physical/mental abuse to rape and murder."

She said "mothers, daughters, sisters and friends" were fearful just because they were women and because of "certain forms of violence which are enacted on women".

She said anyone involved must observe social distancing and asked them to wear a mask unless exempt.

She added: "This event is not just for women as the safety of women is everyone's concern and this problem is one that we must all address and solve within our communities."

A doorstep vigil is also being organised.

It comes after a group called Reclaim These Streets was forced to cancel a vigil in Clapham, where Sarah Everard was last seen, as well as others after discussions with police over the coronavirus restrictions.

Earlier, Reclaim These Streets tweeted: "We are sorry to confirm that our Clapham vigil scheduled for tonight is cancelled."

They added: "Instead, we are fundraising £320,000 for women's causes: £10K for every proposed fine for the 32 vigils originally scheduled."

Sarah Everard went missing in south London last week and her body were found in Ashford, Kent, earlier this week. A serving Metropolitan Police Officer has been charged with murder and kidnap, and appeared in court today.

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Reclaim These Streets urged those who had planned to attend vigils tonight to light a candle or shine a light from their phone or torch on their doorsteps at 6pm tonight.

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