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Harrow: Police investigating sex assault on schoolgirl on bus issue image of man they want to trace

Police want to speak to this man (Met police)
Police want to speak to this man (Met police)

Detectives investigating a sex assault on a schoolgirl on a bus have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

The 14-year-old girl was assaulted while on a 140 bus in Harrow.

Both assaults took place around 8am on September 27.

A man, described as in his 50s with glasses and moustache, moved to stand near her.

He trapped then proceeded to touch her inappropriately twice.

The girl managed to push past him as other passengers moved to get off the bus and reported him to the police.

Investigators found CCTV footage which captured the man assaulting a different woman by trapping her and touching her inappropriately before assaulting the young girl.

Detective Constable Charlotte Joseph, from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “No woman or girl should face this kind of behaviour when simply trying to use public transport.

I want to commend her bravery for recognising this behaviour was wrong and reporting what happened to police.

“Our investigation shows that prior to the assault on a 14-year-old the man did a similar thing to another woman. From our records, it does not appear that this was reported to police and we would encourage her to come forward. In both circumstances the man trapped the victim so she cannot move away from him and brazenly carries out his attack in broad daylight on a bus full of people.

“These are incredibly clear images and I am confident that someone would be able to identify who this is. It is really important that we speak to this man as part of our investigation.”

If you have any information that might assist police in identifying this man, or you recognise yourself in the image, then please call police on 101 and quote CAD2850/20NOV.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.