Detectives from Merseyside Police are appealing to the public to help them trace a taxi driver they’d like to speak to in connection with an allegation of sexual touching.
The offence occurred just after 3am on Saturday 23rd December 2017 as the 19-year-old victim had travelled back to her home address after enjoying a night out in Southport with a friend.
The victim was not injured in the assault but has been left distressed after the ordeal.
Detective Constable Dave Tweedle said: “We’ve issued the CCTV image of a man we believe could have crucial information to help us piece together the circumstances surrounding this incident.
“The young girl has been left feeling understandably vulnerable and violated and that’s why we need to establish exactly what happened that night and bring justice to the victim.
“It’s on occasions like this that we rely on the public to come together and help us with our enquiries. If you have any information or recognise the man from the CCTV, we urge you to get in touch.
“For those living, working and visiting all areas of Merseyside, we continue to advise you to always use licensed taxis, preferably arranging this before you travel, stay with your friends and let someone know where you are going, who with and when you’ve arrived safely.
“We hope this reassures the victim and the wider public that incidents like this are rare and we’ll do everything we can to protect all those who feel they are a victim of a similar crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 0517327649 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.