Teenage girls sexually attacked on buses

Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for help to identify a man suspected of sexual assaults on board buses.

At 8.55am on 25 January, the suspect was seen to board the route 279 bus at Tesco Ponders End and got off at Angel, Edmonton. Whilst on the crowded bus, the suspect sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman standing up and later sitting down. He continued to assault her until she got off the bus.

At 7.20am on 29 January, the suspect boarded the route 279 bus at White Hart Lane. When a 14-year-old schoolgirl boarded the bus at Scotland Green, the suspect sexually assaulted her before disembarking at Enfield Highway.

At 7.45am on 21 February, a 14-year-old girl boarded the route 279 bus at the Nightingale Road bus stop. Whilst standing on the bus, the suspect sexually assaulted her. Only when the victim disembarked at Ingersoll Road did the suspect stop and go to the upper deck.

At 8am on 12 March, a 15-year-old girl boarded the route 34 bus at Cambridge Roundabout. Whilst standing on the busy bus, she was sexually assaulted. The victim alighted at Green Lanes.

At 8.55am on 15 March, a 17-year-old girl boarded a route 102 bus at Fortismere Avenue heading towards Bounds Green. Whilst sitting upstairs, the suspect sat in a nearby seat and played with himself whilst watching the victim. The victim got off the bus at Palmerston Road and the suspect remained on the bus.

The suspect has short black hair and a thin beard along his jaw. He was wearing a two-tone padded blue jacket and blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman, leading the investigation says: “We know of at least five offences committed by the same suspect on crowded buses. We would like to hear from anyone who may know this man’s identity.

“We also want to hear from anyone who may have been the victim of a sexual assault while travelling on a bus.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call DS Edward Coleman on 020 3054 6710 or 101 quoting reference CAD 2343/12Mar or tweet @MetCC.

To call anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.