DETECTIVES are investigating a report of a sexual assault involving a man in his 20s in St Helens town centre.

Enquiries are ongoing after the victim called the emergency services to report the assault near to the Beecham's Clock and St Helens College on Water Street at approximately 4.50am today, Sunday.

Police say it is believed he also had his wallet and phone stolen.

An investigation is under way and CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing in the area.

Detective sergeant Chris Burrows said: “The investigation is in its very early stages but I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Water Street at around 5am and saw anything suspicious or has any information which could assist with our investigation to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6887 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.