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City title launches Sarah Everard tribute site a year on from her murder

Liz HazeltonA city news title marked a year since the murder of Sarah Everard by launching a website dedicated to her memory.

MyLondon has set up the site, called Boundless Love, to remember Ms Everard, who was raped and murdered by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens last March.

The site features details tributes to Sarah as well as long-reads about her case.

It also contains a feature on a vigil held in her memory which descended into violence when police attempted to clear the area.

In April last year, MyLondon editorial director Liz Hazelton, pictured, publicly criticised a watchdog’s findings on police conduct at the vigil, saying it contradicted eye-witness accounts by her own reporters.

An editorial accompanying Boundless Love’s launch states: “A face, a name, a woman missing in the night. The first most of us knew of Sarah Everard was a picture. A young woman, her smile effervescent, face open and full of life.

“Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and in the case of Sarah, this was true.

“She seemed to be someone who loved life, embraced all it had to offer and the experiences that came her way. She had moved to London and called it home.

“From the start there was the sense that she could be any one of us. That first picture of Sarah soon became many.”

“Her image was everywhere and it was everywhere because she was missing. Her family and friends were desperate. How had she vanished as she walked home through those quiet, lockdown streets on the night of March 3, 2021?

“The truth of course was terrible. Sarah had been kidnapped, raped and murdered by a Metropolitan Police officer. She would never go home to her family and friends, to her warm Brixton flat brimming with life and plans.

“She would not fulfil the dreams she had shared with her sister, of being a bridesmaid, a wife and a mother, of growing old together and savouring all that life had brought.

“It’s been a year since Sarah was taken. This is an account of those bleak days and what came next.

“Using the words of family and friends, it is also a tribute to the 33-year-old woman who was lost.”