Sixteen year old terrified after assault on GWR train
Detectives from British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted.
The assault happened on board a Great Western Railway service between West Drayton and London Paddington on Wednesday 15 February. The victim had joined the service just after 10.40am, the train was busy and the victim was standing.
At Haynes and Harlington a man joined the train and stood very close to the girl making her feel very uncomfortable. As the train continued towards London, the man began to press against the girl and touched her inappropriately.
The girl – who had become extremely distressed – asked the man to stop, which alerted other passengers on the train.
Were you on this train? Did you witness what happened? Please get in touch.
The offender is black, approximately 30-40 years old and around 5’10”. He was slim and was wearing a long black coat, black trouser and had a flat cap on.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Suleman Yazdani, said: “This was a nasty and abhorrent assault which has left the victim frightened to use public transport. She was terrified by this man’s sexually aggressive behaviour, I am grateful that she had the confidence to report it to police. We’ll now do everything in our power to find this perpetrator.
“We take all reports of this nature very seriously and our Report It to Stop It campaign, which aims to combat unwanted sexual behaviour on the railway by encouraging members of the public to report it, is proving very successful in supporting victims and bringing perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
“If you know someone who matches the description, please get in touch as you’ll be able to help me investigate. Likewise, if you were on this train and witness anything suspicious please contact us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text top 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 268 of 16/02/17. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
February 28th 2017