Man sought following report of rape in Liverpool city centre

Detectives have issued a CCTV image of a man who may have information that may assist with police enquiries following a report of a serious sexual offence in Liverpool City Centre on Saturday 26 August. 

At around 6.30am, police received a report of a serious sexual offence on Fleet Street.

The victim, a young woman, is currently being supported by specially trained officers from the Unity Team who are dedicated to investigating offences such as this.

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

Detective Inspector Alan Nuttall said, “Our officers take any report of a sexual offence very seriously and we are determined to find the person responsible for such an awful attack.

“We understand that incidents such as this will cause great concern and I want to reassure people we are conducting a thorough investigation to establish what happened.

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

“If you recognise him, or this image jogs your memory about any suspicious behaviour you may have seen when out on Fleet Stret on Saturday night please do let us know.

“If you hold any relevant information, CCTV or mobile phone/dashcam footage from the early hours of Saturday 26 August please contact us so we can continue to piece together the circumstances of this incident.”

You can pass on any information via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 23000802204.

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.

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, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused.

Please note: ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents.

If something has happened to you or someone you know (including in public spaces online) you can call us on 101 or find out what online reporting services are available at StreetSafe

Image: Merseyside Police

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