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Police appeal for witnesses after man sexually assaulted on Hainault Station Night Tube service

PUBLISHED: 15:35 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:35 03 July 2017

BTP officers need the public's help in identifying this man after another man was sexually assaulted at Hainault Station on Saturday. Photo: BTP

BTP officers need the public's help in identifying this man after another man was sexually assaulted at Hainault Station on Saturday. Photo: BTP

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Police need the public’s help after a man was sexually assaulted on a Night Tube service at Hainault this weekend.

Detectives from the British Transport Police’s (BTP) Sexual Offences Unit are appealing for information after a man was seriously sexually assaulted at Hainault station at approximately 4am on Saturday.

The victim, a man in his twenties, was asleep on the eastbound service from central London.

When he awoke, another man was sexually assaulting him.

He pushed the man away and chased him off the service. Units from the BTP and the Metropolitan Police then attended the scene.

Detectives are now appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened or who may have been on an early morning Central Line train, to get in touch.

Investigating officer Det Con Andy Parkinson, said: “Understandably this was an appalling ordeal for this man and our specialist officers are providing him with support.

“We will simply never tolerate any form of unwanted sexual behaviour and a number of our officers are now working to trace the offender.

“As part of our enquiries, we are looking to speak with anyone who was on an eastbound Central Line service at this time and saw a man acting suspiciously.

“In particular, I am keen to hear from anyone who saw a man running off in the direction of Thurlow Gardens shortly after 4am.”

Officers have also released a CCTV image of a mean wearing a dark leather jacket and blue jeans.

Det Con Parkinson said: “We are today releasing a CCTV image of a man we would like to speak with in connection to this assault. If you know who this man is then please get in touch as soon as possible. Your information could prove vital in our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 122 of 01/07/2017. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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