Police hunt man who sexually harassed woman on Sunderland-bound train

British Transport Police want to find this man, who harassed a woman on a Sunderland-bound train.
British Transport Police want to find this man, who harassed a woman on a Sunderland-bound train.
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A man who made sexual advances towards a female passenger on a train heading to Wearside is being hunted by police.

British Transport Police (BTP) detectives have issued a photograph of a man they believe may have information relating to an incident on board a train travelling between York and Sunderland.

We take all reports of unwanted sexual behaviour extremely seriously and are working hard to find the person responsible.

Detective Constable Wayne Green, British Transport Police

Detective Constable Wayne Green said: “The incident took place on Sunday, May 24, as the 8.14pm service to Sunderland departed from York.

“The victim, a 21-year-old woman from Wakefield, was sat in coach B when a man, who was seated several rows in front of her, left his seat and approached her.

“He began to make inappropriate comments which made her feel extremely uncomfortable, then kissed her face.

“She asked him to leave her alone, but he continued to harass her before returning to his seat.”

The man left the train at Sunderland and the woman reported the incident to police.

Detectives investigating the incident believe the man in the image issued today has information which can assist with their inquiries.

Det Con Green said: “BTP is determined to stamp out such behaviour.

“The victim of this assault was upset and angry, and I would like to thank her for reporting the incident to us.

“We take all reports of unwanted sexual behaviour extremely seriously and are working hard to find the person responsible. Please help us by telling us who the man in the image is.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B4 of 2/6/2015.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.