Hundreds gather for 'Reclaim the Night' marches across West Country

  • Hear people's thoughts at the Bristol Reclaim the Night march.


Thousands of people have attended 'Reclaim the Night' marches across the West Country to highlight issues with gender-based violence and inequality.

The national movement comes as more women express their safety concerns and speak of their experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

Hundreds gathered in Bristol to highlight their concerns over safety in the city.

The march started in Queen's Square and moved up to the Bristol University Richmond Building.

The march in the city follows a similar protest after Sarah Everard was killed by a serving police officer in London.

That killing was then followed by the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa.

Lucia Burdnik, one of those in attendance at the march told ITV News it was 'important' people came out to support the gathering.

Jess at the Bristol march said that she feels attending the march was really 'important'.

"Imagine that you go out for the night and you have no idea whether you can come back safe?" She said.

"We are human beings and we should be able to go out and have fun like everyone else."

Like Lucia another woman in attendance, Jess, said: "Why would you not come out today?

"Everyday there is another story and another case of someone being targeted," she said.

"I think people are conditioned in certain ways to behave towards others in certain ways."

Hundreds gathered in the centre of Bristol.

In a similar march in Exeter hundreds more people gathered to express their concerns over women's safety in the region.

The march started at St Sidwell Community Centre and ended in Bedford Square.

Speaking to ITV News organisers said that these marches and protests would not stop until more was done to help women feel safer on the streets again.

At the march Caroline Voaden from the Devon Rape Crisis Centre said: "It is time we had real, proper entrenched equality.

"That is all we are asking for, to feel safe and to walk the streets at night. To be able to say no when we want and to be listened to and to be equal."