CCTV Appeal: Sexual Assault in Liverpool City Centre
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Detectives are issuing images of a man who may have information that may assist enquiries following a sexual assault in Liverpool city centre last month.
At around 3.10pm on Friday 10 June, it was reported that a woman was stood outside St Johns shopping centre on Houghton Road when a man touched her inappropriately.
The suspect then ran away towards Williamson Square.
CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing to identify the man responsible, and detectives have issued images of a man they believe could assist with their investigation.
Detective Inspector Katie Coote said: “Nobody should be subjected such disgraceful behaviour in our community and we are working hard to ensure that the person responsible is identified.
“We think the man pictured may have vital information to help our enquiries so if you know him, please come forward.
“If you recognise him, or these images jog your memory about any suspicious behaviour you may have seen at St Johns shopping centre please do let us know.
“While several weeks have passed since the incident, we are still determined to find the person responsible. We take reports of sexual assault very seriously and any information you hold could be vital to our enquiries.”
You can pass on any information via DM @MerPolCC, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000400892.
Anyone who wants to report a sexual offence allegation 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.
Merseyside Police, alongside three other forces, have also been part of a pilot project for a new service to report rape, sexual assault and other sexual offences online – with the option to report anonymously.
The new online Rape and Sexual Assault reporting service is now live on the website here: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/ro/report/rsa/alpha-v1/advice/rape-sexual-assault-and-other-sexual-offences/ and enables people who do not require immediate police assistance to report the crime via their local force website.
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.
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, e.g. 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)