Woman stuck at Sarah Everard vigil says police ‘intimidated’ her on Tinder
The woman who was detained by police during the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard claims that “50 cops” contacted her on Tinder.
Sarah Everard was kidnapped and murdered by police officer Wayne Couzens in March, and the group Reclaim These Streets staged a silent protest in south London, near where she was kidnapped, two weeks later .
Patsy Stevenson became a highly visible symbol of the Clapham Common vigil when photos of her arrest toured the world.
After the protest, the Metropolitan Police were criticized for their brutal tactics.
Sarah Owen, Labor MP for Luton North, described the scenes as “heartbreaking and maddening to watch”.
Patsy was held by two police officers who arrested and handcuffed her, and was later fined £ 200. Patsy has challenged the validity of the fine and is taking legal action against the Met to have it overturned.
She told the BBC that since being pictured being arrested during the vigil, she has become the subject of internet conspiracy theories and has received countless death threats.
But most concerning, she says, is the number of police officers who have since tracked her down using Tinder.
“It’s almost like a bullying thing, to say ‘look, we can see you’, and that, to me, is terrifying,” she said.
“They know what I’ve been through and they know I’m afraid of the police and they did it for a reason.”
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Patsy insists she is not “anti-police” and says she reported the death threats, which are being investigated.
However, she has yet to officially report the contacts through Tinder.
A spokesperson for the Met said Patsy should “please contact us and provide us with more information so that we can work to establish if an MPS officer is involved. [and] if a fault could have been committed “.
Elaine Parker, of dating site Safer Date, said that sex offenders and abusers are a growing danger in the online dating world.
She told the Daily Star: “These crimes are increasing exponentially and it is no surprise that many of these relationships start online, as dating sites provide criminals with the perfect place to find their victims.”