'I was horrified': the starkly varied police responses to Sarah Everard vigils


Some events had minimal police presence and no clashes but arrests in London and Brighton unify women in anger

There was a solemn silence in Nottingham at a vigil held in memory of Sarah Everard on Saturday, with 100 people gathered around a statue of the late Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough. But when Louise Regan, 53, one of the organisers, went home, she was met with shocking pictures of women being detained at another vigil hundreds of miles away in London.

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“I was horrified and couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” she said, pointing to how differently the police in Nottingham responded to their event. She paused and said: “This is a pivotal moment for the women’s movement.”

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