Council unveils measures to improve safety for women following Sarah Everard murder

Hedges in Somercotes and Ironville are set to be trimmed and street lights improved in a bid to protect women following the high-profile murder of Sarah Everard.

By Eddie Bisknell
Sunday, 26th September 2021, 6:30 am

Amber Valley Council says the measures – which also include self-defence classes – are aimed at improving safety for all residents, not specifically women and girls.

Miss Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive from South London, was murdered in March by Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens.

It sparked a national outcry with demands for more measures, including laws, to protect women and harsher punishments for offenders.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

Sarah Everard was kidnapped and murdered while walking near Clapham Common on March 3.

Debate has been reignited this week through the alleged murder of 28-year-old teacher Sabina Nessa, thought to have been killed while walking through a park on her way to meet a friend in south-east London.

In a Amber Valley Council meeting this week, Coun Sean Carter, a deputy cabinet member for community safety, said the authority had a ‘three-pronged’ plan to ‘protect women and girls’.

However, he said the plans were not specifically aimed at women, saying ‘it is not just about women’.

He said the council had plans to ‘cut back foliage’ and improve street lighting, particularly in the borough’s parks.

Coun Carter said part two of the plan was to set up an online portal through which women can raise concerns about abuse and harassment.

Part three of the plan, he said, was to set up self-defence workshops at the borough’s four leisure centres. He said this would include advice on how to identify gender-based violence.

Coun Fay Atkinson said: “There is more we can do and it should be a matter of priority.”

Read More

Read More
Council launches plan to revitalise Mansfield as a 'place to live and play'

Support your Chad by becoming a digital subscriber. You will see 70 per cent fewer ads on stories, meaning faster load times and an overall enhanced user-experience. Click here to subscribe.