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21 May 2014, 11:51 | Updated: 21 May 2014, 11:56
British Transport Police (BTP) detectives are asking for help from the public after a woman was sexually assaulted on board a train in the early hours of Tuesday, 29 April.
The incident occurred on the 00.13am London Charing Cross to Hayes service.
Detective Constable Andy Parkinson, leading the investigation, said: “The 25-year-old victim had been out for the evening in London with friends on Monday, 28 April. She boarded the train at Charing Cross and sat in one of the last two carriages but quickly fell asleep.
“She woke up, sometime between 00.25am and 00.50am, to find a man sexually assaulting her. The victim managed to push the man away and fled the train when it arrived at West Wickham station a few moments later.”
Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry including analysing CCTV from the train and at several railway stations. Today, they have released CCTV images of a man they think might have crucial information.
DC Parkinson added: “We believe the man pictured boarded the train at Lewisham station and got off at West Wickham. I am eager to speak to him as I think he might have vital information. If you recognise him or think you may have witnessed the incident, please get in touch. We take all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously and are doing all we can to catch the individual responsible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B2 of 20/05/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.