A 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she was driven home by a man pretending to be a minicab driver.

Police say the victim was approached by a man next to a group of genuine cab drivers in Tottenham Court Road, central London, at around 5am on Saturday (September 1).

As the man drove the woman to her home in Walthamstow he assaulted her.

Police are investigating the exact location but believe it could have happened close to the end of the journey in Waltham Forest.

Kingsley Michaels, 28, of Hudson Road, Bexleyheath, has been charged with sexual assault in connection with the incident.

He was arrested on Saturday within hours of the assault happening.

A Met spokesman said: “Police are urging everyone to use a booked and licensed minicab, taxi, night bus or the Tube to get home.

“Book your minicab with a licensed minicab operator by phone, email or in a minicab office.

“Make sure the driver can confirm your name and destination before you get in the car, and check the driver’s photo I.D.

“Always sit in the back seat, and carry your mobile phone in case of an emergency.


Source: The Guardian