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Mar 15, 2021

After the tragic murder of Sarah Everard earlier this week, and the furore surrounding the policing of the vigil held on Clapham Common in her honour just two days ago, public attention turns to the controversial Policing Bill which faces an early vote in Parliament today. 

What amendments to the Public Order Act 1986 does the Bill seek to make? Who benefits from the Bill? Was the police response to a mass gathering of Rangers fans in Glasgow a week ago wrong? Were the Met police right to be criticised for their handling of the vigil on Clapham Common? Was the response from Cressida Dick valid? What similarities are there with the vigil and the policing of Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter protests?

All these topics and more, discussed in part one of this Policing Bill special.