UK funds streetlights, CCTV amid anger over woman’s killing

LONDON (AP) — The British government plans to increase funding for streetlighting and closed-circuit TV as part of a package of measures to help protect women and girls following the murder of a young woman who was abducted on the streets of London.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday night that the government would more than double funding for neighbourhood safety measures to GBP45 million (USD62 million). The government also plans to expand trials of a pilot project that puts plainclothes police officers in and around establishments.

The measures were announced following a meeting of government ministers, prosecutors and senior police officers that was called after the kidnap and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard in south London sparked widespread calls for Britain to do more to protect women and girls.

Floral tributes and candles placed at the bandstand on Clapham Common, London. PHOTO: AP