Sexual Assault - Childwall

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a sexual assault in Childwall on Monday, 21 January.

At about 12.20pm a woman was walking along Woolton Road near to the junction of Taggart Avenue when she became aware of a man walking behind her. The man approached the woman near to Salisbury Park and tried to engage in conversation with her. As the woman went to walk away from the man he pushed her against a wall and sexually asssaulted her. The woman then screamed and ran away.

Although uninjured the woman has been left very shaken following her ordeal.

After the matter was reported to the police a search of the area and house-to-house enquiries were undertaken.

The offender is described as being Chinese, aged in his late 30's or early 40's, about 5 ft 5 tall of medium build with short black/brown straight hair with grey bits around the hairline. He had brown eyes and spoke in broken English. He was wearing a dark coloured waist length jacket, dark coloured gloves and dark coloured Converse trainers.

DCI Sally Johnson, said: "This was a dreadful attack on a woman who had merely been on her way home. She has been left shocked and distressed by what happened to her and we are doing everything we can to find the offender.

"Woolton Road is a busy thoroughfare and I would appeal for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or anyone fitting this description in the area around that time, to call us.

"In particular we believe an elderly couple and a boy in a SFX uniform may have witnessed the incident and I would urge them to come forward as they may have information vital to our investigation.

"I would like to reassure the community that this type of attack is very rare and I am appealing for local people to come forward if they can help our investigation."

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5394 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.