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Man arrested following sexual assault, Wigan
Friday 2nd November, 2012

Police have arrested a man after a woman was sexually assaulted by a man she believed was taxi driver.

About 4.10am on Sunday 14th October 2012, a 29-year-old woman was picked up in Wigan town centre in what she believed was a taxi.

The driver took her to the Beech Hill area of Wigan where he sexually assaulted her.

On 28 October 2012, a 57-year-old man was arrested on Warrington Lane, Lower Ince, on suspicion of sexual assault, after a genuine taxi driver came across him.

Earlier in the night the genuine taxi driver had been approached by a young woman who told him that she had seen an appeal from the Police on Facebook and that they sought the driver of the silver Nissan X Trail in connection with sexual offences.

This young woman told the taxi driver that the Nissan had attempted to pick up one of her friends but she left before the taxi driver could take her details.

When the man was arrested a young woman was inside the Nissan, but she left before the police arrived.

Police are now appealing for these two women, who could be crucial witnesses, to come forward.

Officers are also appealing to another other women who may have been approached by a man driving a Silver Nissan X-Trail, or who have seen this vehicle in suspicious circumstances.

The woman who spoke to the taxi driver was said to be in her late 20s or early 30s, of a medium build with shoulder length dark hair and wearing a maroon jumper. She spoke to the driver near the taxi rank at Brocol House, King Street.

The second woman, said to be in the car, was white, in her late teens to early 20s, of a slim build with bleached blonde hair and wearing a cream or white short dress.

The man arrested was bailed until 14 November 2012 pending further police enquiries.

Detective Constable Craig Hurst of Wigan CID said: "Firstly, it is right we should reassure both the victim of the original sexual assault, and the wider community, that we have made an arrest and while there are clearly a number of inquiries still to be made, we are progressing very well with our investigation.

"We now desperately need to speak to these two women as they could hold crucial information that will help us put the offender of this appalling sexual attack behind bars.

"I would therefore appeal to these two women, if they are reading this appeal, to get in touch with police immediately. I want to emphasise that these women have done nothing whatsoever and that we simply want to speak to them about what they know.

"I would also continue to ask anyone who has information about either the original sexual assault, or the whereabouts of the silver Nissan X Trail vehicle over the last two weeks, to call us."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7259 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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