Appeal over sexual assaults on trains in Newham

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Police are appealing for information after two women were inappropriately touched on trains through Newham.

They are among ten incidents officers are highlighting as part of a crackdown on unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport.

One of the incidents took place on board a Docklands Light Railway train between Pontoon Dock and Canning Town on August 30.

At around 11.04pm, a man inappropriately touched a woman and then alighted at Canning Town station.

The other incident took place between Canning Town and Stratford, where a man also inappropriately touched a woman as she stood on the Jubilee line at around 4.30pm on August 5. He left the train at West Ham.

The crackdown comes as 251 more sexual incidents on public transport were reported between April and September than during the same period last year.

During that time, 269 offenders were arrested, compared to 209 the year before.

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The figures have been revealed to highlight the success of the multi-agency Report it to Stop it campaign, which launched in April.

A film highlighting the degrees of unwanted sexual behaviour has been seen by more than 3.6million people, while patrols have been stepped up on the transport network.

Det Supt Richard Mann, from British Transport Police, said: “I am pleased that we have seen an increase in reporting levels and with passengers providing us with more information to help us stop it.

“Our message is clear – passengers who experience unwanted sexual behaviour will be believed and taken seriously, and we are just as clear in our message to potential offenders and suspects that we will tackle the problem and fully investigate reports.”

Anyone with information on the appeals is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference TSUB-B13 of 16/10/15.