16-year-old girl raped in bar toilets in Liverpool

Merseyside Police has arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of rape in connection with this incident and has requested the removal of CCTV images in connection with the case.

Detectives have issued CCTV images of a man who may have information that could assist enquiries following a report of rape in a Liverpool city centre bar.

On the evening of Monday 3 April it was reported that a man unlocked the door of a toilet cubicle and allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in OMG bar on Victoria Street.

The suspect then left the cubicle, and an unknown woman came to the aid of the victim who was very distressed.

Extensive CCTV and witness enquiries have been conducted, and detectives have issued CCTV images of a man they believe could assist in their investigation.

Detective Inspector Leanne Toole said, “This was an absolute abhorrent attack on a vulnerable teenage girl, and I would like to reassure the public that incidents such as this are rare, and we are working hard to hard to identify the offender and bring him to justice.

“I am appealing to the man featured in this image, or anyone who recognises him to come forward as we believe he could hold information that could be vital to our continuing enquiries.

“I am also urging for the woman who helped the victim in the toilet cubicle to contact us as soon possible as she may have some vital information in relation to the investigation.

Det Insp Toole added, “Providing support to victims of sexual assault has never been more important, and I would encourage anyone experiencing this to report it to us and we will support you every way we can.

“If anyone who has suffered a sexual offence and you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure that reports are thoroughly investigated.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information which could help Merseyside Police with its inquiries, is asked to DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’ or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with reference 23000285218.

To report a sexual offence call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you’ve been affected by sexual violence of any kind, support is available through the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victim Care Merseyside service delivered jointly by two registered charities.

In Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral, support is provided by Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (RASA) Merseyside who are available on 0151 558 1801 and, in St Helens and Knowsley, by the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.

If something has happened to you or someone you know (including in public spaces online) you can call police on 101. (www.police.uk).


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