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Woman sexually assaulted on York to Durham train

Woman sexually assaulted on York to Durham train

3:48pm 16th November 2010
(Updated 4:07pm 16th November 2010)

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have launched an appeal for information after a woman was sexually assaulted on a train between York and Durham on Sunday 7th November 2010.

Officers said the incident took place between 9pm and 10pm on the 19.42 Manchester Piccadilly to Newcastle service.

Investigating officer, PC Joanne Christon, said the victim, who was sitting in First Class, was approached by a man who had boarded at York railway station:

“The man sat in a seat opposite the woman before touching her indecently, trying to engage her in conversation and making advances towards her, which she declined.

“After the man made further advances and was once again spurned, he crudely implied that the woman could have sex with him.

“The victim, a 21 year old from Durham, was left disgusted by the incident. Fortunately she was unharmed but she was left very distressed by what happened.”

The suspect is described as being white and aged between 28 and 33-years-old. He was of muscular build and around 6 feet tall, with shortly cropped fair hair. He had grey or blue eyes, was wearing a grey jumper, white trainers and had crooked teeth. He talked with a Tyneside accent and carried a black and silver iPhone.

He was accompanied by another man who observed the incident. He is also described as being white and aged between 28 and 33-years-old, of stocky build with short brown hair. He was wearing a navy jumper, blue jeans and white trainers and two of his front upper teeth were missing.

PC Christon added:

“This was an upsetting and intimidating experience for the victim and I am urging anyone with any information, or who recognises either of the men described to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 and quote incident number B11 NEA of 16/11/2010, alternatively, information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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