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CCTV Released of Man Suspected of Threatening Woman on York Train

York Train Abuse 090813

7:37am 9th August 2013

British Transport Police officers are appealing for information after a woman was verbally and physically threatened by a man on a train travelling from York to Newcastle

Police have now released an image of man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on Saturday, 13 July at around 9.15pm.

PC Nick Storey, investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 25-year-old woman from Chester- le Street, had boarded the 21:15 service at York.

“After boarding the train the victim noticed a man sat in her reserved seat, when she politely asked him to move he became extremely aggressive and began to verbally and physically threaten her.

“The victim was very scared and feared for her safety throughout the incident. She has also been left feeling extremely anxious following the confrontation.”

Investigators have reviewed CCTV footage and obtained an image of a man they believe could help with their enquiries.

PC Storey continued: “We believe the man may have been part of a larger group from the North East area who were returning from York Races. A number of the group left the train at Chester- le- Street but the man we would like to identify is believed to have stayed on until Newcastle.

“This was understandably an incredibly distressing experience for the victim and it’s vital that we find the person responsible. I would urge anyone who recognises the man pictured, or who has any information about this incident, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police by calling Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 quoting B4/NEA of 05/08/2013.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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