Plymouth Council promises more CCTV after death of Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod went missing from the Leigham area of the city - her body was found three days later. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth City Council says it plans to install more CCTV cameras and improve street lighting to make the city feel safer for women and girls.

Following the death of teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod last month, the council has allocated a share of £500,000 of Government money to address concerns raised by women who say they are afraid to walk alone after dark.

18-year-old Bobbi-Anne went missing from a bus stop near her home in Leigham, and her body was found a few days later in woodland near the South Devon coast. 

Cody Ackland, 24, has been charged with her murder.

Bobbi-Anne McLeod went missing from near her home last month. Credit: ITV News

Now the council is promising more CCTV cameras, improved street lighting and ‘help points’ designed to make people feel safer.

A decision has been signed this week which will allow officers to order equipment ready for work to start early in the New Year.

Council leader Nick Kelly said: “I know a lot people will be reassured by this news. We need to make sure everybody but especially women and girls feel safe when they walk around our streets.

"We know physical improvements in and around our city is not the only answer – but it is step in the right direction.”

Charlotte Holloway said the announcement was 'a good start'. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Labour campaigner Charlotte Holloway said the announcement was "a good start" but more is needed.

"I want to see much further reaching proposals that can really reassure women," she said.

"That's not just about CCTV measures. That's about what more can we do to prevent drink spiking and needle spiking? How can we make sure we can get home, that we can get a bus or a cab?"