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Woman, 22, followed, grabbed by men while walking home in London ‘day and night’

alisker Cornford said she is harassed multiple times a week

A women’s safety campaigner said she faces harassment from men “at least three times a week” while walking home.

Talisker Cornford, founder of group Urban Angels, described how she has been grabbed and followed at all times of day while alone in London.

“Sometimes it’s subtle,” she told My London. “And sometimes it’s very explicit.

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“I’ve had people try and stop and talk to me a lot or try grabbing my arm and talking to me. Just being very persistent. Day and night. People shouting things at you, following you, I feel like there’s too many examples.”

The 22-year-old, who set up the initiative in March in the wake of the Sarah Everard case, has seen it quickly grow to a worldwide community.

She started it with a friend while studying in Exeter and similar groups were quickly launched in Birmingham, Cardiff, Portsmouth and Brighton.

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Sarah Everard

Urban Angels was set up in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder in March (

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Sarah Everard

Sarah was on her way home from a friend's home in Clapham, south London, when she was attacked PA)

Talisker is in the process of setting up groups across London and next week one goes live in Amsterdam.

Plans are also in the works for a Toronto version of Urban Angels.

The group is used for alerts, discussions about safety measures, and many cities now have walking schemes to pair up people walking in the same direction late at night.

Sabina Nessa was killed while walking to the pub

Sabina Nessa was killed while walking to the pub (

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She was speaking in light of the murder of Sabina Nessa, who was found dead in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on Saturday morning.

The 28-year-old school teacher had been walking a short distance to the pub from her home the night before when she was attacked.

It comes as Transport for London said it has no plans for the return of the Night Tube until next year after the Covid pandemic saw the service halted.

Police in Cator Park where Sabina’s body was found
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