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Woman pinned down at Sarah Everard vigil says police ‘intimidated her’ on Tinder

The woman who was held down by police at the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard claims that “50 cops” had contacted her on Tinder.

Sarah Everard was kidnapped and murdered by serving police officer Wayne Couzens in March, and the group Reclaim These Streets staged a silent protest in South London, near to where she was abducted, two weeks later.

Patsy Stevenson became a highly visible symbol of the Clapham Common vigil when photos of her arrest flashed around the world.

After the protest, the Metropolitan Police were criticised for their heavy-handed tactics.

Sarah Owen, Labour MP for Luton North, described the scenes as “heartbreaking and maddening to watch”.

Patsy was held down by two officers who arrested and handcuffed her, and was later handed a £200 fine. Patsy disputed the validity of the fine and is taking legal action against the Met to have it overturned.

She told the BBC that since she was pictured being arrested at the vigil she had become the focus of internet conspiracy theories and had been sent innumerable death threats.

But most disturbing, she says, is the number of police officers that have since tracked her down using Tinder.

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"It is almost like an intimidation thing, saying 'look we can see you', and that, to me, is terrifying,” she said.

"They know what I went through and they know that I'm fearful of police and they've done that for a reason.”

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Patsy insists that she’s not "anti-police" and says she has reported the death threats, which are being investigated.

However, she has not as yet officially reported the contacts via Tinder.

A spokesperson for The Met said Patsy should "please contact us and provide us with more information so we can work to establish if any MPS officer is involved [and] whether any misconduct may have occurred".

Elaine Parker, from dating site Safer Date, said that sex offenders and abusers are an increasing danger in the world of online dating.

She told the Daily Star: “These crimes are rising exponentially and it's no surprise that many of these relationships start online, as dating sites give criminals the perfect place to find their victims."

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