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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 February 2006, 12:53 GMT
Police hunt bogus taxi attacker
Cathouse nightclub
The woman was picked up outside the Cathouse nightclub
A 21-year-old woman has been abducted and assaulted in Glasgow by a man claiming to be a taxi driver.

The woman got into what she thought was a private hire cab after leaving the Cathouse nightclub in Union Street at about 0215 GMT on Saturday.

The driver took her to an industrial area outside the city centre and assaulted her.

The woman, who was on holiday from Northern Ireland, managed to escape and flagged down a passing motorist.

Her attacker has been described as white, 5ft 7in tall, aged between 19 and 25. He had a heavy build, dirty fair hair with a middle parting and was wearing a dark shirt.

We are trying to establish where she was driven to before being assaulted
Det Sgt Sandy McLean

The woman had phoned for a private hire taxi from the nightclub and when she came out she approached a silver four-door saloon car.

She asked the driver if he was the taxi, which he claimed to be, so she got in.

The attacker drove to an industrial area where the assault took place before she managed to escape and hide.

After flagging down a passing motorist at about 0315 GMT, the woman was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary where she received treatment before being discharged.

Det Sgt Sandy McLean said it was terrifying experience for the young woman.

He added: "Our inquiries are at a very early stage. The woman is not familiar with Glasgow and we are trying to establish where she was driven to before being assaulted.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have been outside the club and may have seen her enter the silver car to come forward."

Police also appealed for the driver who assisted the woman to get in touch.

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