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A man was arrested last night, Monday 18 July, following a disturbance in St Helens.
At around 10.30pm it was reported that a man was causing a disturbance on Blackbrook Road and assaulted a woman by slapping her in the face a number of times.
The suspect then left the area and went to a nearby property and caused damage.
A 40-year-old man from Ashton-in Makerfield was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including possession of a Class A drug (cocaine), a public order offence and domestic abuse. He is still in police custody.
Speaking about Merseyside Police’s commitment to reduce the number of incidents, Detective Inspector Laura Lamping said: “We are committed to not only responding to reports of crime against women and girls but taking all opportunities to reduce this by also making the best use of all the tools at our disposal including protection and preventative orders.
“We want to make Merseyside a place where women and girls feel safe and can live their lives free from fear and harassment but we know this is not something we can do alone. Violence against women and girls is a problem across society and needs a collaborative solution.
“We work with women and girls to ensure they have a voice in how we deliver and develop our services and we continue to work with our partners to better support women and girls to ensure they feel safe, that action is taken in their time of need and that they have assistance accessing emotional support or help with accommodation or finances.”
If you have any information on this incident please contact our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with any information, with reference 22000515224.
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.
Alternatively contact St Helens Safe2Speak Support and Advice on 01744 743200 www.safe2speak.co.uk.
We have recently launched our plan to tackle the issue of violence against women and girls and help women and girls to feel safe and be safe across Merseyside. The link can be found here: Our commitment to keeping women and girls safe in Merseyside.