Vigil victory!

News in Brief

In early August, the crown prosecution service (CPS) notified lawyers that it had dropped charges of breaching COVID lockdown rules against six people arrested during the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common, London, on 13 March 2021.

The CPS said it was not in the public interest to proceed.

One of the six women, Dania Al-Obeid, is launching a legal action against the Metropolitan police over its policing of the vigil (she was handcuffed after arrest).

Dania signed a police caution in custody without realising – she was not told by police – that she was admitting guilt and would receive a criminal record as a result. This was overturned, and the case was passed to the CPS, who have now dropped it.

Topics: Police