Serious sexual assault on twenty-three-year-old women in Motherwell by private hire driver

Detectives are appealing for information after a woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault in the Motherwell area on Thursday 18 October 2018. Around 8.30pm two women and two men were dropped off in Glen Court by a silver Chevrolet Cruze private hire vehicle. One of the women, aged 23, decided to get back into the vehicle and asked the driver to take her home. The minicab driver is then reported to have refused and subjected the woman to a serious sexual assault within the back of the vehicle. The woman then got out of the private hire vehicle and spoke to a passer-by who assisted her in getting a taxi to Motherwell Police Station where she reported the incident to police. A 42 year old man was later arrested and has been released pending further enquiries. Detective Inspector Aileen Boyle from the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit said: “Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened and it is absolutely vital that anyone who can assist with our investigation comes forward. “We understand that there may have been other members of the public in Glen Court around the time of the incident and we are appealing to anyone who noticed a taxi or a woman in distress to please get in touch. “You may think your information is not significant, but let us be the judge of that, because it could be important to our enquiries. “Anyone with information is asked to contact the Divisional Rape Investigation Unit based at Motherwell via 101, quoting incident number 3872 of Thursday 18 October 2018. Alternatively you can call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”

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