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CCTV appeal after 'frightening' city centre sex attack

Merseyside Police has released CCTV footage following an attempted sexual assault in Liverpool City centre.

It happened around 4.30am on Sunday, 27 March, when the female victim became separated from friends in the area of Tithebarn Street, near to the junction with Vernon Street.

A man approached the victim and made an offer to help her find a taxi rank.

After walking for a short time, the man dragged the victim into a shop doorway and attempted to assault her.

She was able to escape on foot.

The man is described as Asian, in his early 20s, of medium height and wearing a blue jacket and jeans.

"This was a frightening incident for the victim, who was led to believe she was being helped by a stranger before the incident took place, and we are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the man from this footage to contact police.

“We can see from the CCTV that cars were in the area, including a private hire taxi which appears to stop close to the time and place of the offence. Any information provided, however small, could prove vital to our investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Colin Rennison, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information is urged to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4808, or call 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Anfield shooting: Primary school day continuing as normal

A man is believed to have fired a gun at a dark coloured car outside the primary school on Anfield Road on Tuesday morning Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

Anfield Road Primary School has issued a statement following reports of gunfire outside the school on Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating the incident which happened while parents were dropping their children off at the school around 9am.

We would like to reassure people that our children are safe and were unaware of the incident that happened outside of the school site this morning.

The site was not evacuated, the school day is continuing as normal and a trip for some pupils took place as planned.

Due to the closure of the road for the police investigation we will be letting parents know about a change in arrangements to pick up their children at home time.

– Claire Drew-Williams, Headteacher of Anfield Road Primary School


Date set in early November for funeral of PC Dave Phillips in Liverpool

PC Dave Phillips Credit: Merseyside Police

The family of PC Dave Phillips have confirmed that his funeral service will take place at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on Monday 2 November at 12pm.

The 34-year-old officer was hit by a Mitsubishi pick-up truck while trying to use a stinger device on the vehicle taken in a burglary.

He died in hospital shortly after the incident in Wallasey on October 5.

Three charged after death of Merseyside Pc Dave Phillips

Pc Dave Phillips

Two women and a man have been charged in connection with the murder of Pc Dave Phillips.

The 34-year-old officer was hit by a Mitsubishi pick-up truck while trying to use a stinger device on the vehicle taken in a burglary last week.

He died in hospital shortly after the incident in Wallasey, Merseyside on October 5.

"We can confirm that three people have been charged with assisting an offender following the murder of Pc Dave Phillips in the early hours of Monday, 5 October 2015.

"Georgia Clarke, 19, of Knowsley Road, Wallasey; Dawn Cooper, 34, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey, and Michael Smith, 19, of Widmore Road are charged with assisting an offender.

"They will appear at Wirral Magistrates' Court this morning."

– Merseyside Police statement
  • Clayton Williams, 18, is accused of Pc Phillips' murder and other offences related to the incident and will appear for a further court hearing next week in Liverpool.
  • A second defendant, Philip Mark Stuart, 30, of Prenton, Wirral, accused of burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking and death caused by an accident, after allegedly being carried in the Mitsubishi, is scheduled to appear on the same day as Williams.
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