We are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events of the last few days. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Sarah Everard at this incredibly difficult and traumatic time.
As we said in our statement yesterday, we urge all residents to support the continuing police investigation if they have any information and Lambeth council is fully supporting those efforts.
This tragedy has provoked a great deal of anxiety and concern for many of our residents and we know how shocked and worried in particular many women and girls are. All women and girls should be safe and feel safe on our streets at all times and it is a profound failing of our society that they do not.
We fully support the Reclaim These Streets event that is being organised on Clapham Common on Saturday at 6pm. This socially distanced vigil will enable the community to remember Sarah Everard and all women lost to violence. We have been in close contact with the organisers who are ensuring that the event will be Covid-secure and fully compliant with social distancing measures. We are urging the police to recognise the scale of feeling in the community about these events and allow it to go ahead in a socially distanced way.
Women’s voices must be heard at all times and it would be profoundly wrong for them to be silenced after a traumatic week for so many. Our community is determined to stand up for the rights of all women and girls – and we will stand with them.
The Gaia Centre provides confidential, non-judgmental and independent support services for those living in Lambeth who are experiencing gender-based violence. If you’re in Lambeth, call the Gaia Centre on 020 7733 8724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cllr Jacqui Dyer
Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety
Cllr Jack Hopkins
Leader of Lambeth council