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.

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

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

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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 (

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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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The 24/7 train service operated on Fridays and Saturdays for the Victoria, Jubilee and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.

It means night buses, taxis or walking are often the only means of transport home after dark.

“It's not a good move. In terms of women's safety and safety for non-binary people,” said Talisker of the decision to hold off on reintroducing the service.

Women gather at the spot where Sabina's body was found last Saturday (

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“I really want the Night Tube back."

Andy Lord, managing director of the London Underground, said: “We are playing, and will continue to play, our full role in London’s recovery from the pandemic.

"We are running as close to a full service as possible across all our services and the Tube continues to serve Central London with last trains leaving around 01:00 and starting again at 05:30.

"Our extensive night bus network continues to operate. We are continuing to review our options for when we might be able to reintroduce the full Friday and Saturday Night Tube in a safe and viable way and are exploring the feasibility of reintroducing some services on one or two lines more quickly.”

Talisker believes people might feel safer using the Night Tube rather than the night buses which still operate across London but can be a "minefield".

“One of the big things for safety that a lot of people always say is familiarity," she said.

"If you don't know where you are, you’re instantly less safe, because you kind of don't understand which routes you are taking, you're potentially going to be out for longer or later.”

The campaigner went on to say Tubes are in areas more densely populated and often staffed.

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