On 11 March 2022, a judgment was issued by the High Court in Leigh v Commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) issued two statements about the ruling, indicating that it intended to appeal. On 23 March 2022, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime told the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee: “We are disappointed that the Met got it wrong and concerned that they are appealing, and we will be discussing that with the Commissioner.” What were the outcomes of this discussion?
The horrendous murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met officer devastated the trust and confidence of Londoners in the police. The policing decisions made around the vigil in her memory only further damaged the public’s trust.
I made it clear to the former Commissioner that the scenes of the way the vigil was policed were completely unacceptable. I welcomed the judgment by the Court of Appeal in June which found there was “no arguable basis” for the Met to further appeal the case.
My Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime raised this issue with the acting-Commissioner, to which the Met expressed their remaining concerns about the ruling limits the policing of public order because of the need to describe in advance what the policing response would be in certain situations. These considerations and decisions are operational.