Appeal following sexual assault of 17-year-old on bus

Detectives have issued CCTV images of a man who may have information following a sexual assault on a bus from Liverpool city centre to Crosby. 

A 17-year-old female reported the offence to Merseyside Police after being on a number 53 Arriva bus from Queens Square to Crosby between 3.20-3.40pm on 18 March.

CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing to identify the man responsible, and detectives have issued images of a man they believe could assist with their investigation.

Detective Inspector James Halpin said, “Everyone should be able to use public transport without the fear of being subjected to an incident like this.

“This young woman was left shocked and upset by this incident, and we are determined to bring the man responsible to justice.

“We think the man pictured may have vital information that could help our enquiries so if you know him, please come forward as soon as possible.

You can pass on any information via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000189818.

Anyone who wants to report a sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers, or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre,   who are available on 0151 558 1801 in Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral and the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside, who cover St Helens and Knowsley and can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063.

For women who have felt or feel unsafe in public spaces the Home Office has set up a pilot service StreetSafe  for anyone to anonymously report public places where they have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, e.g. street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, e.g. being followed or verbally abused. Please note: ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents.

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