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Detectives are appealing for information following a report of sexual assault in Wallasey in the early hours of this morning (Monday 29 November).
At around 1.10am, a woman alleged that she was touched inappropriately as she was walking along Greenheys Road. The man ran off towards Parkfield Drive when disturbed by a dog walker.
The suspect is described as 5ft 9in and in his 40s or early 50s with dark grey hair and medium to large build.
The woman, although uninjured, was left shaken by the incident.
Detectives have opened a full investigation, including house-to-house, witness and CCTV enquiries.
Detective inspector Mike Fletcher said: “The victim is very shaken by this ordeal. Thankfully, the offender was intercepted by a dog walker who shouted across to them.
“We are now appealing for the dog walker to contact us so they can help with our enquiries in order to catch the offender and bring them to justice.
“We are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area including obtaining CCTV and doorbell footage that may have captured the incident. If anyone witnessed the incident or has any information that can help with our enquiries please get in touch.
“Providing support to victims of sexual assault has never been more important, and I would encourage anyone experiencing this to report it to us and we will support you every way we can.
"If anyone who has suffered a sexual offence and you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively and make sure that reports are thoroughly investigated."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information which could help us with our inquiries, is asked to DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’ or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 0035 of 29 November.
Anyone with information or wants to report a sexual offence is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063 or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801. In an emergency, always call 999.
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)