Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted sexual assault in Bootle in the early hours of Wednesday, November 1.
The victim, a woman aged in her 20s, was walking along Hawthorne Road, close to the junction of Westminster Road, shortly after 1am when she was attacked by a man.
She was forced away from the main road but, after a struggle, managed to free herself and run back to Hawthorne Road where a passing taxi driver stopped and drove her home to her family.
The suspect is described as a white man aged in his 40s of large build with a bald head and black clothing.
An investigation by the force’s specialist rape and sexual assault team ‘Unity’ has been launched and witnesses are being sought.
Detective Sergeant John Harrison said: “We’re extremely grateful to the taxi driver who spotted the victim distressed in the road and stopped his cab to help her. He was able to find out where she lived, speak to her mum and ensure she got home safely.
“We are waiting to speak to this young woman in more detail about what happened but we believe she was pulled or dragged into a secluded area off Hawthorne Road by the offender.
“We are treating it as sexually-motivated and are doing everything we can to identify and trace this man. Although it was very late at night we know there will have been people driving in the area or coming home from Halloween parties in town so we would appeal for anyone who was in the area and spotted anything suspicious to come forward.
“We are particularly keen on speaking to anyone who was driving in the area using a dash cam between 1am and 2am in case anything of significance was captured.
“In the meantime local policing patrols have been stepped up in the area and we are offering support to the victim at this difficult time.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Unity team on 0151 777 1319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.