‘Catcallers’ and men who follow women in the street should be arrested following the murder of Sarah Everard, claims Labour MP Harriet Harman.
Britain’s longest-serving female MP is calling for the measure to be brought in after the 33-year-old was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by former policeman Wayne Couzens.
She made the remarks in an interview with Good Morning Britain and also criticised Met Police Chief Cressida Dick.
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She said: “I know Cressida Dick is sorry. It is her job to have led on this and she hasn’t done it.
“It’s not good enough for her to be asking questions after. She should be saying these are the new requirements.
“She needs to bring in a victims law. We need new laws, tougher policing.”
The Camberwell and Peckham MP then suggested the repercussions men should face, saying: “She needs to bring in new criminal offences so that if a man curb crawls a girl walking home in the dark in his car – that’s a criminal offence and he gets his license taken away.
“That if he follows a woman walking too closely behind her in the street, asking her out, asking for her number, asking why she is not answering him, that is harassment and it’s a criminal offence.”
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Harman went on to say an overhaul of police forces is needed for officers to regain the trust of women.
She said: “Women should be absolutely certain that they can trust the police.
“What we need is a proper action plan to ensure that women are entitled to feel comfortable.”
Yesterday, Cressida Dick apologised to Sarah Everard’s family and said she was ‘absolutely horrified’ that a police officer had abused his position of trust.
She stated: “Sarah’s kidnap, rape and, murder, was one of the most dreadful events in the 192-year history of the met police service.”
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