Duchess of Cambridge visits Sarah Everard memorial in London

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Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Sarah Everard Memorial In London
The Duchess of Cambridge has visited the memorial (pictured) for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common. Photo: PA Images.
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By Jess Glass, PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a south London memorial for Sarah Everard, close to where the 33-year-old went missing.

Kate made a visit to Clapham Common on Saturday afternoon to pay her respects to Ms Everard and her family in the wake of the marketing executive’s murder.

The duchess visited a bandstand in the south London park where dozens of floral tributes have been placed for Ms Everard, whose body was formally identified on Friday.

She was seen pausing in front of the sea of tributes, which have grown substantially in the last day.

As well as flowers, the memorial also features signs, with the duchess seen near a sign reading “I am Sarah”.

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It is understood Kate also made the visit in part because she remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married.

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Vigils had been organised across the UK in memory of Ms Everard, as well as to urge that more is done to tackle violence against women.

Organisers Reclaim These Streets announced that a vigil planned for Saturday in Clapham Common had been cancelled and said a “virtual gathering” will take place instead.

A fundraiser set up by the group for women’s charitable causes was less than £10,000 (€11,645) away from its £320,000 (€372,651) target as the virtual gathering began shortly after 6pm.

Reclaim These Streets has also encouraged people to join a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm, with the group saying it would be joining people across the country and “shining a light, a candle, a torch, a phone, to remember Sarah Everard and all the women affected by and lost to violence”.

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Commander Catherine Roper, Met Police lead for community engagement, said the force took “no joy” in the cancellation of the Clapham vigil but insisted it was the “right thing to do”.

She said: “I would like to thank the organisers of tonight’s vigil in Clapham Common for cancelling the gathering.

“Since Sarah’s disappearance, we have shared Londoners’ anguish, shock and sadness at the truly awful circumstances of her disappearance and death.

“I know that yesterday’s ruling would have been unwelcome news for the organisers and to those who were hoping to join others in tribute to Sarah and to make a stand on violence against women.”

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