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Hull University students set up a group for girls walking home alone following Libby Squire disappearance


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A group for female students to connect with each another while walking alone at night has been set up at Hull University.

Hull Girl Gang is a Facebook group with over 1,000 members, it was created last month following the disappearance of second-year Libby Squire.


It’s a place where girls can arrange to walk home with each other or alternatively let people know their whereabouts and chat with fellow students while walking alone.

The aim is essentially to help girls feel safer when walking to and from places on their own at night, such as after a session at the library or SU bar.

Hull University Union Women's Officer Pheobe Bastiani created the group with her friend Laura Challinor.

Speaking to The National Student, Pheobe said:


"It’s there for women who feel unsafe walking home alone after a late-night library session or a social or society event, for example.


"Girls can find other students who are in their area to walk home with. It’s also there as a hub for information on how stay safe and key contacts for if things potentially go awry on a night out.

"We wish that girls didn’t have to feel vulnerable walking alone after dark but whilst that is the case, we’re glad to have a community where we can pull together."

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