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Commissioner's statement following vigil on Clapham Common

News   •   Mar 14, 2021 19:00 GMT

Speaking this afternoon [Sunday, 14th March] the Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: “I wouldn't have wanted to see a vigil in memory of Sarah end with those scenes.

“I fully understand the strength of feeling, I think, as a woman, and hearing from people about their experiences in the past and what they feel about what happened to her and what has been going on, I understand why so many people wanted to come and pay their respects, and make a statement about this.

The Commissioner also highlighted the difficulty faced by officers and that she welcomed a review.

She said: “This is fiendishly difficult policing, but I'm sure for the people who wanted to express their feelings, that was a difficult situation for them and that's why it needs a cold light of day, sober, review, and I think we're all agreed on that.”