Police appeal to find man who filmed teen as she used train service

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A man who took photos and filmed a teenager girl as she waited for a train is being hunted by police.

The 16-year-old was in the waiting room at Darlington station just after 11.30am on Sunday June 14 when she spotted a man taking her picture.

She was then followed onto the train travelling between Darlington and Durham where the stranger continued to film and take her photo.

Despite trying to move carriages but was again followed.

When the teenager challenged his behaviour the man ran off after getting off the train at Durham.

British Transport Police have today issued a picture of a man they are trying to trace in connection with the incident.

Pc Tony McGhin said: “A 16-year old girl from Middlesbrough was in the waiting room when she noticed a man was taking her photo and filming her, which understandably made her feel extremely uncomfortable.

“She then boarded the train. The man followed her and stood directly opposite whilst continuing to take photos and videos of her.

“The victim attempted to move carriages but was again followed by the man. At this point she turned around and challenged him about his behaviour. He alighted from the train at Durham and ran off.

Pc McGhin added: “After reviewing CCTV the man was seen getting off a train at Darlington from Sheffield, which stops at Wakefield, Leeds and York, so it may be he is from one of these areas.

“BTP is determined to stamp out such behaviour The victim was extremely brave in challenging the man and I would like to commend her for her actions and thank her for coming forward and reporting the incident to us.

“We take all reports of unwanted behaviour or attention of this type extremely seriously and are working hard to find the person responsible.

“If you recognise the man pictured please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference PSUB/B5 of 2/7/2015. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.