Horror as young woman raped in UK city centre on Bank Holiday weekend
Police have launched a manhunt after a woman was raped in the early hours of Saturday morning in Liverpool.
CCTV footage released by Merseyside Police shows a man who they believe may have information to help with the case.
A serious sexual assault on a young woman on Fleet Street in the city centre was reported to police at around 6.30am.
The woman is currently being supported by specially trained officers from Merseyside Police’s Unity Team.
Enquiries are ongoing as police scour CCTV and speak to witnesses.
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Police urged anyone with information, or anyone for whom the released image jogs their memory, to get in touch.
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.
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“If you recognise him, or this image jogs your memory about any suspicious behaviour you may have seen when out on Fleet Street 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.”
A Merseyside Police spokesperson added: “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.
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“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 | 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.”
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