Police release image after seven sexual assaults against women on buses in east and north London


Women were targeted on a number of bus routes including the 38, 48, 279, 254, 149 and 253

Detectives have released an image of a man they want to speak to following seven sexual assaults on women aboard buses in east and north London.

An investigation was launched after women were targeted on a variety of bus routes including the 38, 48, 279, 254, 149 and 253.

The victims, aged 23 to 62, were left feeling “very upset and shocked” by the assaults which police say took place between Thursday, July 4 and Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

They reported being “touched inappropriately” while using public transport from late afternoon onwards but primarily between 7pm and 11pm.

Detective Constable Darren Barlow, Roads and Transport Policing 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.”

Met Police added that none of the victims were left with physical injuries following the incidents.

Anyone who recognises the man in the images, or has related information to share, is asked to call detectives from the Roads and Transport Policing Command via 101 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Crime prevention advice can be found on our website via met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault.