Woman wakes up on train in West Wickham to find man sexually assaulting her

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Police are asking for the public's help after a woman woke up on a train in West Wickham to find a man sexually assaulting her.

The incident happened on the 12.13am London Charing Cross to Hayes service on Tuesday April 29.

British Transport Police's Detective Constable Andy Parkinson, leading the investigation, said: "The 25-year-old victim had been out for the evening in London with friends on Monday April 28.

"She boarded the train at Charing Cross and sat in one of the last two carriages but quickly fell asleep.

"She woke up, sometime between 12.25am and 12.50am, to find a man sexually assaulting her.

"The victim managed to push the man away and fled the train when it arrived at West Wickham station a few moments later."

Police have been pursuing several lines of enquiry including analysing CCTV from the train and at several railway stations.

Today they have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

DC Parkinson added: "We believe the man pictured boarded the train at Lewisham station and got off at West Wickham.

"I am eager to speak to him as I think he might have vital information.

"If you recognise him or think you may have witnessed the incident, please get in touch. We take all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously and are doing all we can to catch the individual responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference SSUB/B2 of 20/05/2014. Information can also be passed to the crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE: Man arrested after West Wickham train sexual assault appeal

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4:58pm Wed 21 May 14

mouthalmighty says...

How horrible. Poor woman.

Ladies, when travelling alone late at night, its better to be in a crowded carriage than all alone in a quiet one. Vulnerability is not a new word.
How horrible. Poor woman. Ladies, when travelling alone late at night, its better to be in a crowded carriage than all alone in a quiet one. Vulnerability is not a new word. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 30

7:57pm Thu 22 May 14

saschasix says...

To mouthalmighty: Or, oh I don't know, teaching 'men' NOT to rape/abuse, so 'women' can sit wherever the h*** they want on the train. The fact that nobody blinks an eye when it's 'women' that have to be on their guard, 'women' who have to hide, 'women' who have to watch what they dress, when it's not and never is the victim's fault, whether they're nude, on a train on their own,asleep, or drunk out their minds. It's ALWAYS the rapists'/abusers' fault. THEY are the ones who took their entitlement to unforgivable levels. Including the mentally ill ones (though you could argue that anyone who does this has some form of mental illness-and no I'm not saying that the mentally ill are rapists.)
She did nothing wrong, telling her she and 'women' like her were sitting on the wrong part of the train is victim blaming, no matter pure your motives.
To mouthalmighty: Or, oh I don't know, teaching 'men' NOT to rape/abuse, so 'women' can sit wherever the h*** they want on the train. The fact that nobody blinks an eye when it's 'women' that have to be on their guard, 'women' who have to hide, 'women' who have to watch what they dress, when it's not and never is the victim's fault, whether they're nude, on a train on their own,asleep, or drunk out their minds. It's ALWAYS the rapists'/abusers' fault. THEY are the ones who took their entitlement to unforgivable levels. Including the mentally ill ones (though you could argue that anyone who does this has some form of mental illness-and no I'm not saying that the mentally ill are rapists.) She did nothing wrong, telling her she and 'women' like her were sitting on the wrong part of the train is victim blaming, no matter pure your motives. saschasix
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1:03pm Fri 23 May 14

JoanneMarie87 says...

To be fair, all this poor person has said is that women will need to be more careful going forward.

Not every person out there thinks it's a women's fault when attacked. And if I'm honest, my boyfriend tells me the same thing every time I travel alone.
Not because he thinks I will be attacked because I'm asking for it as a women, but because you can never trust an opportunist.

It's no different saying a women is vulnerable when alone, than saying a man is vulnerable when alone.

In the case of muggins, beatings and random attacks , the person is always vulnerable. Man or women.

Let's not forget the real reason this story is here, some poor women's been violated. In the most horrible way imaginable.
Let s not start arguments over who's to blame and who's not
To be fair, all this poor person has said is that women will need to be more careful going forward. Not every person out there thinks it's a women's fault when attacked. And if I'm honest, my boyfriend tells me the same thing every time I travel alone. Not because he thinks I will be attacked because I'm asking for it as a women, but because you can never trust an opportunist. It's no different saying a women is vulnerable when alone, than saying a man is vulnerable when alone. In the case of muggins, beatings and random attacks , the person is always vulnerable. Man or women. Let's not forget the real reason this story is here, some poor women's been violated. In the most horrible way imaginable. Let s not start arguments over who's to blame and who's not JoanneMarie87
  • Score: 31

10:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Rev skid bumsore says...

Geezers even wearing a mac!! Proper nonce
Geezers even wearing a mac!! Proper nonce Rev skid bumsore
  • Score: 2

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