Taxi Driver Allegedly Raped Woman After Driving Her Home From Work Christmas Party

A woman was raped by a taxi driver who drove her home from a work Christmas party, police said.

The 31-year-old woman had gone to the party in Brighton, U.K. on Friday night before taking a taxi home to Worthing.

The taxi driver drove her home then allegedly raped her after following her into her apartment, Sussex Police said in a news release.

The woman was picked up in Western Road in Brighton at around 1.30 a.m. Police said they understood the driver was in a car with green and white door panels.

The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern man, aged in his 40s or 50s, of medium build and with a large stomach.

He is also described as having short, dark, thin hair; short, dark facial hair and big round eyes. He was wearing a zip-up top which was light at the top and dark at the bottom, police said.

Detective Inspector Steve Cobbett, of Sussex Police's Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said detectives are keen to speak to anyone who might have information that could help the investigation.

He also urged people to stay safe and remain vigilant, particularly during the busier festive period.

He said: "This is a highly distressing incident, and the victim has been seen and supported by specially trained officers from our Safeguarding Investigations Unit. Enquiries are ongoing, and we are keen for anyone who may hold any information about this incident to come forward."

Stock photo. Police said a 31-year-old woman was raped by a taxi driver who followed her into her home after driving her home from a work Christmas party. Getty

Cobbett added: "I'd also like to urge everyone to stay safe and vigilant, especially this festive season when there are likely to be more social occasions. Only get in a licensed taxi, keep in contact with friends and family, and let them know when you are safely home." Sussex Police have been contacted for additional comment.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it on the Sussex Police website or call 101, quoting Operation Bordon.

It comes as Uber revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults had occurred during rides in the U.S. last year. The figures were revealed in a U.S. Safety Report by the ridesharing company, which alongside with others like Lyft, have been criticized over safety issues in recent years.

"Uber does not tolerate sexual assault or misconduct from anyone, anywhere, at any time. We take all allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct extremely seriously and work to take action quickly and fairly," Uber said in the report's executive summary.