Detectives have issued an image of a man they believe may have information that could assist with their enquiries after a woman was sexually assaulted in Liverpool.
At around 2.40am on Saturday 29 October officers were called to a report of a sexual assault at McDonalds on Lord Street.
A man approached a woman who was standing at the front door of the premises and tried to speak with her before sexually assaulting her.
No one was injured but the woman was left seriously distressed by the incident and is being supported by officers as our investigation continues.
Since the assault officers have carried out extensive forensic, CCTV and witness enquiries and detectives have issued a CCTV image of a man they believe could assist with their investigation.
Detective Inspector Chris Saidi said, “This was a frightening incident for the woman involved and I would like to commend her bravery in coming forward.
“While several months have passed since the incident, we are still working hard to find the person responsible and bring them to justice therefore any information you hold could be vital to our enquiries. If you recognise the man pictured then please let us know, as we believe he may hold information that is crucial to our ongoing investigation.
“We would also appeal to anyone who was at or near McDonalds on Lord Street on Saturday 29 October in the early hours of the morning who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.”
You can pass on any information via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 21000564514 .
Police encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward and report it. There is no time limit for reporting this type of crime and they take every report extremely seriously. Police have specially trained officers who will speak to you and support you through any investigation or criminal proceedings and can help you get any further help you may need.
This short video explains the process that someone can expect to go through should they report a sexual offence.
For women who have felt or feel unsafe in public spaces the Home Office has set up a pilot service (StreetSafe | Police.uk (www.police.uk) 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 | Police.uk (www.police.uk)
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