December 7 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 21, 2013
Officers from the British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information after two women were assaulted by a man in separate incidents within minutes of each other on the Central Line.
As part of their enquiries, detectives have released two images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the ‘random and unprovoked’ assaults, which took place on Friday, September 20.
Pc Gemma Ryan, the investigating officer, said: “Around 11.50am the first victim, a 30-year old woman from Waltham Forest, was onboard a westbound Central line train and became aware of a man acting strangely opposite her.
“As she left the train at Bond Street London Underground station the man struck her on the left hand side of her face with the back of his hand.
“The woman was left with slight bruising and a bloodshot eye.”
Pc Ryan added: “The second incident happened around 15 minutes later on the eastbound Central Line platform at Shepherds Bush.
“The victim, a 26-year-old woman from Hammersmith, was struck in the face by a man who was walking in the opposite direction.”
Enquiries are ongoing into both assaults and BTP officers have today released CCTV stills of a man they believe ‘could hold key information vital to the investigation’.
Pc Ryan said: “The assaults were random and unprovoked, leaving both women understandably very upset.
“We don’t tolerate violence anywhere on the London Underground network and I’d urge anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information that could help our investigation, to please contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background B7/LUA of 21/10/13.