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Met seeks further bid to challenge High Court ruling over Sarah Everard vigil

The vigil for Sarah Everard in March 2021 (Victoria Jones/PA)
The vigil for Sarah Everard in March 2021 (Victoria Jones/PA)

The Metropolitan Police are seeking another bid to challenge the High Court’s ruling over the Sarah Everard vigil.

High Court judges earlier this month refused the force permission to appeal against its March ruling, which concluded that officers breached the rights of vigil organisers with its handling of the planned event in March 2021.

However, Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday evening that they are now seeking permission from the Court of Appeal to challenge the High Court decision.

The campaign Reclaim These Streets (RTS) group, which organised the event, criticised the force earlier on Friday.

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A woman talks to a police officer during a gathering in Clapham Common, London, after the Reclaim These Streets vigil for Sarah Everard was officially cancelled (Victoria Jones/PA)

The group tweeted: “We can now announce that @metpoliceuk are spending more taxpayer money to continue to fight us in court.

“Despite the High Court’s vehement rejection of their “hopeless” application for permission to appeal, they are now trying to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

“Will it never end?”

Responding to RTS’s tweet, the Met Police said its appeal is not focused on the policing of the vigil itself but decisions and communications with RTS ahead of the event.

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