Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Appeal after woman is sexually assaulted by taxi driver in Lancaster

Police are appealing for a man to come forward who came to the assistance of a woman after she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver in Lancaster.

The incident took place between 215 and 3.15am on the 28th September when a 19-year-old female caught a taxi from outside Elements nightclub. During the journey, the driver is alleged to have touched her leg and her breasts.

The taxi pulled up on Abbeystead Drive and as the girl, went to get out of the car; the driver hugged her and kissed her.

On getting out of the car, the victim approached a man who was passing and told him what had happened. This man, who possibly goes by the name 'James', stayed with her for a while before he was joined by a female friend.  The two have then walked the victim home.

A 41 year old man from Carnforth has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail until later this month.

DC Michelle Stephens said, “Despite on-going enquiries, we have been unable to find this man and woman who helped the victim on the night and we are very keen to speak to them.

“I would appeal directly to those two people, if you see this appeal; please get in touch with us by calling 101 and quoting log number LC-20130928-0337. Similarly, if anyone has any other information that they think might help, they should also call 101 and quote that log number.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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