Oxford police have issued an appealing after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by a man she had believed to be a cab driver. The victim had taken the trip from Park End Street in Oxford city centre at around 1:30am Sunday morning, but fell asleep on route to Abingdon. According to a report in the Oxford Mail, the victim, a woman in her 20’s, said that she woke up to find the driver undoing her trousers before he went on to sexually assault her in the vehicle. The victim managed to get out of the vehicle near West St Helen Street, Abingdon, where her alledged attacker began to follow her. A member of the public managed to assist her as the driver made his escape.
The driver is described as an Asian male with short black hair and stubble. The police have not yet confirmed if the attacker was a legitimate taxi driver or a private hire driver working for any particular operator. They are also open to the possibility that the attacker was a bogus driver who was just acting as a cabbie to lure victims in his vehicle. Investigating officer detective Constable Paul Geddert said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident of sexual assault. “We would also like to appeal to the man who assisted the victim to contact us, as he may be able to help us with our investigation.” Anyone with information should call 101 quoting crime reference number 43180313772. Reports can also be made directly to Crimestoppers anonymous on 0800 555 111.