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Hunt for sex attacker who preyed on sleeping women on Northern Line tube

PUBLISHED: 16:59 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:59 04 September 2015

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him urgently (Photo: BTP)

Do you know this man? Police want to speak to him urgently (Photo: BTP)

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Police are hunting a sex attacker who preyed on two sleeping women on a tube between Camden Town and Finchley Central.

He may live in East Finchley, or have connections there  (Photo: BTP)He may live in East Finchley, or have connections there (Photo: BTP)

The two friends, both aged 24, fell asleep shortly after getting on a train at Camden Town at around 6.45am on Saturday August 15.

Detective Con Andy Parkinson, of British Transport Police’s sexual offences unit, said: “Two women boarded a northbound Northern Line train at Camden Town station. They sat next to one another and, shortly after the train departed, both fell asleep.

“A short time later, a man approached one of the women and sexually assaulted her as she slept; only stopping when her friend woke and intervened. At this point, he touched the second woman inappropriately before getting off the train at Finchley Central.”

The women, one from Barnet, and one from Essex, immediately reported the incident to police.

Detectives have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to and are appealing for the public’s assistance in identifying him. Det Con Parkinson added: “We need to speak to the man pictured as a matter of urgency, as we believe he will be of great assistance to the investigation. He may live or have connections in East Finchley. If you recognise him, or have any further information, please get in touch with BTP or Crimestoppers.

“This was understandably an incredibly frightening experience for the two women and something nobody should have to experience. I would like to assure the public we are doing all we can to catch the person responsible and bring them to justice through the courts.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or text 61016, quoting reference T/B3 of 02/09/15.

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


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