Sexual assault on man on Central line train at Hainault linked to one in Woodford
PUBLISHED: 17:54 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:21 07 July 2017
Detectives investigating a serious sexual assault against a man on the London Underground have now linked the offence to a second one earlier this year.
It happened on board a Central line train between Tottenham Court Road and Woodford on Saturday, February 4. A man was travelling alone on a train when he was touched inappropriately.
Earlier this week, detectives launched an appeal to trace a man in connection with an incident over the weekend. A man was asleep on a Central line service at 4am on Saturday, July 1. At Hainault Station he awoke to find another man seriously sexually assaulting him.
Investigating officer Det Con Andy Parkinson said: “We are now linking this serious assault over the weekend to an incident in February this year. On both occasions, a lone man travelling on an early morning Central line train was sexually assaulted.
“The suspect in both these investigations is targeting sleeping men on-board a train from central London.
“We will simply never tolerate any form of unwanted sexual behaviour and are working tirelessly to identify an offender and prevent further incidents occurring. Officers from BTP will be patrolling the Tube, including Night Tube service, throughout the weekend.
“My team are examining every piece of evidence thoroughly; however we need the help of the public. If you know the man in the CCTV images I would urge you to get in touch. Your information could be vitally important.”
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, ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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