Train attacker hunted for rush-hour assault

By Rob Virtue on April 12, 2011 3:13 PM |

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A female commuter was hit in the face after objecting to her leg being touched inappropriately.

The 29-year-old charity worker from Tower Hamlets was on a Southern trains service travelling from South Bermondsey to London Bridge when she was attacked.

The victim confronted the man after he touched one of her legs and he began swearing at her before slapping her in the face, causing her to fall backward.

PC Mark Payne, of British Transport Police's crime action team, said: "We've conducted several lines of enquiry into the incident, including taking witness statements, viewing CCTV in the area and circulating images on police intelligence systems, but to no avail so far.

"This was a frightening and intimidating experience for the victim who was simply making her way home from work.

"I am asking anyone who was on the train at the time, or who recognises the man pictured, to come forward and assist our investigation."

The incident took place at around 5.30pm on Thursday, March 17.

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting background reference B15/LSA of 7/04/11. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.