Police appeal for key information about the attack
British Transport Police detectives are investigating a sexual assault which happened at 7.30pm on Friday 31st October, as a woman travelled between Imperial Wharf and Clapham Junction.
Detective Constable Andy Parkinson said: “The woman became aware of someone touching her from behind and then felt this person place his hand under her skirt and touch her indecently over her tights.
“She reached out and grabbed the man’s hand, pushing him away as the train pulled into Clapham Junction, where he fled the train.”
Officers think the man boarded at Shepherd's Bush, and after Clapham Junction, caught a train bound for the Surbiton or Wimbledon area.
DC Parkinson said: “When the victim contacted police about the incident, she was still very shaken.
“We have studied CCTV from the train, and I think the man in the image we are issuing today has key information about this crime, and I now need the public’s help to identify him.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B2 of 5/12/14. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In 2013, BTP launched Project Guardian, also involving Transport for London (TfL), the Metropolitan Police Service and the City of London Police, which aims to reduce sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London.
The 61016 text number gives victims and witnesses a discreet way to report sexual offences.
If you choose to report any incident of a sexual nature to the police or a member of rail staff, you will always be believed and taken seriously. Your evidence can help us identify and catch perpetrators and make sure our officers are in the right place at the right time.
December 10, 2014