UK Funds Street Lights, CCTV Amid Anger Over Woman’s Killing

Floral tributes and candles placed at the bandstand on Clapham Common, London, Monday March 15, 2021. On Saturday hundreds of people disregarded a judge's ruling and police requests by gathering at Clapham Common in honor of Sarah Everard. Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend's apartment and was found dead a week later. The slaying sent shockwaves across the U.K. because a Metropolitan Police officer is charged with her kidnapping and murder. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(AP) — The British government plans to increase funding for street lighting and closed-circuit TV as part of a package of measures to help protect women and girls. The plans came after the murder of a young woman who was abducted on the streets of London sparked a national outcry. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government will more than double funding for neighborhood safety measures to 45 million pounds ($62 million). The government also plans to expand a pilot project that puts plainclothes police officers at bars and night clubs. Serving police officer Wayne Couzens has been charged with the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard. Couzens appeared Tuesday at a hearing by video link. A plea hearing is planned Jul. 9.


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