Woman in her 20s sexually assaulted by man claiming to be taxi driver in Clitheroe

A woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted after the driver of what she believed was a taxi drove her to a deserted country lane.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 3:49 pm

A woman in her 20s got into what she believed was a taxi outside the White Lion pub on Market Place at around 11.30pm on February 8.

She gave the driver of the car her address, but he drove to a deserted country lane close to Eddisford Bridge, where he sexually assaulted her.

A passing car startled him and he then took the victim home.

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Det Sgt Sarah Hargreaves, of East Division CID, said: "The victim in this case was put through a horrendous ordeal and has only just felt able to report it.

“We are now determined to find the person responsible and are asking for the public's help. Perhaps you saw the car outside the pub or in the area of Eddisford Bridge between 11.30pm and midnight that night, perhaps you have dashcam of a vehicle you think may be the car in question, or maybe you think you know who is responsible.

"If you have any information at all, please get in touch with us.

"We know this incident will have been concerning for residents but we are working extremely hard to find the person responsible and in the meantime will have extra patrols in the area as a precaution. If you are planning a night out in Clitheroe, we would not advise that you change your plans at all, but instead take some basic steps to stay safe, including staying in a group and pre-booking a taxi home.”

The victim got into what she believed was a taxi outside the White Lion pub on Market Place. (Credit: Google)

The car is described as silver and the driver is described as Asian and aged in his 40s.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch straight away.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 134 of March 15.