Large crowd gathers in Plymouth for safer streets march following death of Bobbi-Anne McLeod

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Crowds of people gathered in Plymouth today to demand 'safer streets' for people in the community.

It follows the murder of 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who went missing from a bus stop near her home in Leigham in November.

Her body was found a few days later in nearby woodland and 24-year-old man has been charged with her murder.

A close friend of Bobbi-Anne, Elle Butcher was one of the organisers and made a speech at the event. She told ITV News West Country: "It's upsetting that I even have to give a speech like that. Nobody should be giving speeches like that. It's wrong and inhumane.

"Stuff like that shouldn't be happening. We should be safe."

Bobbi-Anne McLeod was at a bus stop close to her home when she was attacked

Plymouth City Council have recently pledged to install more CCTV cameras and improve street lighting to make the city feel safer for women and girls.

But one protester today said this didn't go far enough. She said: "It's all good putting up CCTV cameras and street lighting, but education is what we need - it's a cultural problem."

Councillor Sally Haydon from Plymouth City Council was at the march, she said: "There's a lot more that we can be doing. When you look at our taxi trade at the moment it's very poor.

"We need to carry on working with the trade to get more taxis out where people feel safe to be able to use our night-time economy.

"We need to make sure our night-time economy is on board with us when we look at the spiking and things like that that's going on in our city. It's about keeping everyone safe."