Nottingham taxi sexual assault victim asks for help

A student who was sexually assaulted in a taxi in Nottingham has asked for help in tracing the man responsible.

The woman, now 20, was assaulted after being picked up in the city centre in February, but the driver who carried out the attack has not been found.

Another woman, aged 22, was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver in Long Eaton after being picked up from Nottingham city centre in September.

However, police do not believe the events are linked.

The 20-year-old victim said: "It really changed my perspective of Nottingham.

"I've not got into a taxi since it happened and I don't think I ever will again."

The student, then aged 19, was assaulted just before midnight on 11 February.

She was driven to the junction of Trinity Avenue with Albert Road, just off Lenton Boulevard, where the taxi driver stopped the vehicle.

He went to the back of the taxi and forced her to carry out a sex act.

£2,000 reward

"I would have described myself as a confident person before the attack but now I feel scared a lot of the time and I'm not really comfortable walking on my own or being alone," she said.

The taxi was a dark green London-style Hackney cab, and the wanted man is described as Asian and around 40 years old.

He was around 5ft 6in tall with a big stomach, balding, with closely shaved or cropped hair all over, and wearing a dark jacket or hooded top that had a silver zip.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible.

Nassear Ahmed, chairman of Nottingham's Hackney Association, said the Hackney carriage community is "sickened" by the attack.

"We would urge anyone with information to come forward and help the police in their investigations," he said.

A 25-year-old man from Nottingham has been arrested in relation to the September attack in Long Eaton.

He was questioned by police and released on bail.

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