Welsh First Minister insists curfew for men not under consideration

Claire Hayhurst, PA
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First Minister Mark Drakeford has denied that the Welsh Government is “even considering” imposing a curfew on men in the wake of the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

Mr Drakeford had earlier been asked about a 6pm curfew on men, as suggested by Baroness Jenny Jones in the House of Lords on Wednesday.

During an interview on BBC Breakfast, Mr Drakeford described the measure as “not at the top of our list” as it would only be a temporary answer.

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When asked to confirm that he could “not rule out” potentially imposing a curfew, Mr Drakeford replied: “If there were a crisis, and you needed to take dramatic action that allowed that crisis to be drawn down, then of course you’d be prepared to consider all measures that would make a difference.

“But the sort of measure, the curfew measure that you describe, it could only ever be a temporary answer and therefore it’s not at the top of our list.

“There are other things that we can do and should do and we’ll work hard with our third sector organisations, our local authorities in Wales.

“People need to be safe and to feel safe, and that’s absolutely the sort of society we wish to create here in Wales.”

Mr Drakeford later tweeted about the issue.

He wrote: “We are NOT introducing a curfew for men in Wales – or even considering it. This is misleading and deliberately misses the real issue.

“It’s a sad distraction when what’s needed is a proper discussion about women’s safety and why a woman is killed every 3 days by a man in the UK.”

Ms Everard went missing while walking in south London last week.

Human remains – which have not yet been identified – were found in an area of woodland in Ashford, in Kent, on Wednesday.