Woman fights off attacker in Birkenhead Park during assault

Merseyside Police detectives are investigating an assault in Birkenhead Park on Monday, 20 February.

At around 6.15pm, it was reported that a woman in her 20s was entering Birkenhead Park at the Park Road East/Park Road South entrance.

A man allegedly approached her and pushed her into a tree after a brief conversation, attempting to grab her wrist and making a suggestive comment. The victim managed to fight the man off and leave towards Birkenhead Park train station.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, with dark, short curly hair and a dark beard. He was wearing dark clothing and black gloves.

CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing and we are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

Detective Inspector Phil Ryan said, “Extensive enquiries are continuing into this concerning incident. The victim was understandably distressed and we are looking to support her in any investigation.

“As we look into any available CCTV or other evidence, I’d ask anyone who was in the area of the playground entrance to the park around 6pm on Monday and saw the incident or the man described, to please let us know.

“Tackling violence against women and girls remains a top priority for the force and we will continue to take action to target those who are responsible and bring them to justice, as well as working with our partners to ensure people feel safe and supported in public spaces.

“If you have any information on this incident, come forward with reference 23000149688 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

StreetSafe is a service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you 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. You can report such matters via StreetSafe | Merseyside Police


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