Marcus Rashford said Sarah Everard’s death should never have happened (Picture: PA/REX)
The footballer Marcus Rashford has sent his love to the family of Sarah Everard, as he called on men to ‘play a role’ in ensuring women feel safe.
After it was confirmed that human remains found in a wood in Kent were that of the missing marketing executive, 33, Rashford tweeted the news was ‘heartbreaking.’
The campaigner – who was given an MBE last year after his efforts to ensure children were fed during the pandemic – said Ms Everard’s death ‘should never have happened.
He tweeted: ‘This is just heartbreaking, I’m so sorry. This should have never happened.
‘Men we have a role to play. To listen, to protect, and to allow women to feel safe at whatever time of day. I have sisters, nieces…just horrible. I’m sending my love to Sarah’s family’.
Earlier the Metropolitan Police confirmed a body found hidden in woodland in Ashford has been identified as that of Ms Everard.
A serving Met Police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, remains in custody on suspicion of kidnap and murder and detectives have been granted more time to question him.
Ms Everard vanished while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3.
Marcus Rashford took to Twitter to express his condolences
Remains of a body found in the woods in Kent have been confirmed as being that of missing Sarah Everard (Picture: PA)
Sarah Everard’s suspected kidnap and murder has sent shockwaves around the country (Picture: PA)
She is thought to have walked through Clapham Common towards her house in Brixton – a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes – and was last captured on a doorbell camera walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill at around 9.30pm.
Her suspected kidnap and murder has prompted anger over the safety of women on the UK’s streets.
Women across the country have been sharing their experiences of feeling unsafe and the violence and harassment they experience.
A vigil was due to take place at Clapham Common bandstand in south London on Saturday – but organisers have lost their legal fight to overturn a Metropolitan Police ban on the event.
Marcus Rashford said men should listen to women and ‘play a role’ in ensuring they feel safe (Picture: PA)
Rashford sent his love to the family of Ms Everard after her body was found
One of the organisers, Caitlin Prowle, said she is ‘tired of being afraid’ to walk around the streets where she lives.
A survey for UN Women UK, published this week, found that 97% of women aged 18-24 said they have been sexually harassed.
The Government is seeking further views on how to tackle violence against women and girls in the wake of what happened.
The Home Office has today reopened a public consultation which will help inform its tackling violence against women and girls strategy which is due to be published in the summer.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘While an awful incident like this is incredibly rare, it is worrying because it reminds women everywhere of the steps we all take on a daily basis, without a second thought, to keep ourselves safe.
‘So many of you have bravely shared your own experiences of harassment, abuse and violence online over recent days, so today I am reopening our nationwide call for views on tackling violence against women and girls. The Government is listening.
‘Everyone should be free to walk our streets without the slightest fear. With Sarah and her family in my thoughts and prayers, I will continue to do all I can in my role as Home Secretary to protect women and girls.’
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