POLICE have been informed of a vigil being planned on the Isle of Wight, for women to pay their respects to murder victim Sarah Everard.

Reclaim These Streets has an Isle of Wight group, which is holding its first demonstration today.

Police have asked that they 'use alternative means' due to Covid regulations.

The organisers are asking attendees to wear masks and be socially distant, in their social media posts and the posters they have put up around the Island. They also said they had let police know of their plans in advance.

A vigil at Clapham Common in London ended badly when the police tried to break up the gathering, for Covid reasons, and the Met Police drew criticism for the way the event was handled.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has now asked Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to carry out its own external review of the event, and this week MPs will debate the possibility of making changes to the rules on vigils and protests.

Hampshire Constabulary said of today's event: "We understand the strength of feeling and people’s desire to come together mourn and show respect to Sarah Everard as well as to make a statement and organise on the issue of women’s safety.

"The Covid-19 regulations do not permit large gatherings because of the very real risks of the spread of the virus.

"We will continue to try and engage with local organisers and request that they conduct vigils using alternative means in accordance with the law."