Man wanted in connection with sexual assaults in Hackney

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Police are hunting for a man after a series of sexual offences occurred on board a number of buses in the boroughs of Hackney and Islington.

They have released CCTV images of the man they want to trace after a series of attacks on a number of bus routes including the 38, 48, 279, 254, 149 and 253.

Nine women, aged between 23 and 62 years old, reported being sexually assaulted on public transport between July 4 and September 5. The incidents occurred between the hours of 7pm and 11pm.

The majority of women sexually assaulted through touching were in their 20s. None of the victims were left with physical injuries following the assaults.

Detective Constable Teresa Moore, said: “We clearly need to find whoever is responsible for these assaults, and I would like to thank the women for coming forward to report them.

“Although our public transport system is generally safe, this does not diminish the fact that one such offence is one too many. Under no circumstances will this offending be tolerated and this linked series is being investigated using as many resources as possible.

“It is imperative women in London should be able to board public transport without fear of being targeted.

“Each incident has left the women targeted feeling very upset and shocked, and they are being supported by my team.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries to try and identify this man, and we are now asking the public to contact us if they recognise him.
“Please come forward if you know who he is, whether that means making a report to us directly, or via Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Police are now appealing for witnesses who recognise the man in the CCTV images or have related information to immediately call detectives from the roads and transport policing command via 101 or tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555.

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