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Appeal to find Good Samaritan who helped woman after she was sexually assaulted in Bournemouth

Alert message sent 10/05/2022 10:50:00

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Officers investigating a reported sexual assault on a woman in Bournemouth are appealing for a Good Samaritan to come forward.
In the early hours of Thursday 24 March 2022 the victim, a woman aged in her 20s, had been out with friends in Bournemouth town centre and was walking home when she got into a taxi somewhere between the town centre and Winton area.
During the journey, it is reported that the male taxi driver made sexual comments to the victim and indecently exposed himself.
The victim screamed and made attempts to get out of the vehicle, which was locked. The suspect eventually stopped, and the victim got out of the car. As the victim attempted to turn her phone on, it is reported that the suspect reversed his car into her, causing her to fall backwards and hit her head on the ground.
Another man stopped at the scene and helped the victim to her feet. He administered first aid before driving her home to safety.
The matter was reported to Dorset Police on Thursday 5 May 2022. 
Police Constable Elliot Penn, of North Bournemouth police, said: “While I appreciate this incident occurred some months ago and the exact location and time is not known, I believe there is a strong chance the man who came to the victim’s aid that morning may remember what happened and I would ask him to please get in touch with Dorset Police so we can take an account from him.
“I would also urge anyone else who witnessed what happened, or captured anything on dashcam or home CCTV, to please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220070600. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.
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