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Man sought after young girl sexually assaulted on Hainault bus

PUBLISHED: 07:59 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:59 15 November 2017

CCTV images of the suspected attacker taken on the 462 bus in Elmridge Road, Ilford. Picture: Met Police

CCTV images of the suspected attacker taken on the 462 bus in Elmridge Road, Ilford. Picture: Met Police

Met Police

Police have today released these CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a bus in Hainault.

CCTV images of the suspected attacker taken on the 462 bus in Elmridge Road, Ilford. Picture: Met Police CCTV images of the suspected attacker taken on the 462 bus in Elmridge Road, Ilford. Picture: Met Police

The victim, a 12-year-old girl, was travelling on the number 462 bus from Elmbridge Road towards Hainault Street, when a man she was stood next to sexually assaulted her.

The incident occurred just after 4pm on Monday, May 22 and police are treating it as linked to an incident earlier that month.

On Friday, May 5, just before 9am, a 13-year-old victim got onto the 232 bus at North Circular Road in Brent.

She sat down in front of the suspect and he sexually touched her.

The victim moved to a different part of the bus and the suspect got off the bus in Coles Green Road.

The suspect in each case fit the same description, and investigating officers are treating the two incidents as linked.

The man is described as being of Asian appearance, in his mid 20s and around 6ft tall with black hair in a bowl style with a thick fringe, and a short beard.

He was seen wearing a blue jumper, a black gilet padded jacket and blue jeans.

PC Sarah Bunting from the Roads and Traffic Policing Command said: “These were frightening experiences for both victims, and we believe that the same person committed these offences.

“We are appealing for anyone who recognises this man to come forward.

“It is possible that there are other victim who have yet to come forward, and we would urge those people to report these crimes.

“You will be given the appropriate support, and the allegation will be investigated.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the Roads Traffic and Policing Command on 101 or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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