Kettering woman traumatised after sexual assault on train

CCTV image of man wanted for sexual assault
CCTV image of man wanted for sexual assault

British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after a man sexually assaulted a young woman on a train between Leicester and Kettering on Sunday, September 23.

Investigators have released CCTV images of a man they would like to trace in connection with the incident, which took place at around 10pm on the 21:53 Leicester to London service.

The victim, an 18-year-old woman from Kettering, boarded the service at Leicester. A man then sat next to her and is alleged to have begun making sexually-suggestive comments towards the victim before asking her sexual-related questions. The man then attempted to kiss her before touching her inappropriately.

The victim left the train at Kettering and contacted police shortly after. The man is believed to have left the service at Wellingborough.

The man police would like to speak to is described as of East Asian origin, 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build. He had short, black and messy gelled hair, and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and blue denim jeans.

Detective Constable Kevin Challinor, from BTP, said: “The victim has been extremely traumatised by this attack. Throughout the incident she was intimidated and petrified and was too scared to move; it took her all her courage to get past the man to leave the train. No-one should be made to feel like this, it is vital we trace this man.

“Incidents like this are very rare, but this was clearly a very distressing experience for the victim. We’ll do everything in our power to catch the person responsible.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference NEA/B7 of 11 October 2012.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.