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Police investigating “inappropriate comments to twelve-year-old” on train want to speak to man who got on at Harlow

News / Wed 13th Aug 2014 pm31 12:09pm

BTP OFFICERS are appealing for information after a young boy and girl were harassed by a man on a train as they travelled from Harlow Town to Stratford.

Train commentsIn the time since the incident happened on Saturday, 24 May between 7.45am and 8.15am, officers have visited the station, viewed CCTV from the stations concerned, and liaised with local police.

Now officers have isolated an image of a man they believe will be able to help the investigation. They are calling on the public to name him.

PC Ruth Taylor, leading the investigation, said: “A 12-year-old girl was travelling from Bishops Stortford to London with her older brother when a man got on at Harlow and started talking to them.

“After initially asking for directions, he then began making inappropriate comments to the pair, who promptly moved to another carriage.

“The man responsible then left the train at Broxbourne station.

“This was a very frightening experience for these children, but they did the right thing in changing carriages and moving away from the man, and then reporting the incident to police.

“We treat any offences of this kind very seriously and will not tolerate anyone being made to feel uncomfortable on their journey while using the rail network.”

The train involved was the 7.47am Bishop’s Stortford to Stratford service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or by text 61016, quoting background ESUB/B3 of 12/08/14. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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