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DETECTIVES ARE HOPING that members of the public can help to identify a man who posed as a cab driver and sexually assaulted a male passenger.

Nuneaton police issued the appeal after the 20 year old man was attacked after a night out with friends. A spokesman said: “The assault took place at around 2:30am in a lay-by on the A444, just before the Griff Island.”

The victim is believed to have got into the tout’s vehicle, a dark blue or black Rover 25 hatchback, which he thought was a minicab, outside the Barracuda bar in the centre of Nuneaton.

The man told police the car had a fare meter inside but did not have any taxi or minicab signs attached to the exterior of the vehicle.

The bogus cab driver pulled into the lay-by near to the  Griff, claiming a, “problem with the car”, placed a reflector across the front windscreen and sexually assaulted the male passenger.

A police spokesman said: “People need to be warned not to get into a minicab or taxi which does not have an authorisation plate on the outside at the back of the vehicle. This is the plate which shows that the car and driver are registered to carry fare-paying passengers.”

The alleged attacker is described as; white, aged 35 to 45 and of stocky build, with dark hair.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses who may have seen the car parked in the lay-by. Anyone with information should call sergeant Andy Reynolds on 024 7664 1111.

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