Woman molested on train

This man could hold vital clues
This man could hold vital clues

POLICE have issued a picture of a man they want to quiz in connection with a prolonged sex attack on a Wigan woman.

The 21-year-old was indecently assaulted by a fellow passenger on a train which was travelling between Manchester Oxford Road and Chorley last autumn.

The terrified victim was molested by a man she had ended up sitting next to and was too frightened to escape his clutches until it was her time to get off so her ordeal went on for much of the journey.

British Transport Police officers have carried out extensive investigations since the incident, including issuing a previous appeal, but so far to little effect.

Today, however, they issued the CCTV image of a man to home they would like to speak, while making a new appeal for information from witnesses.

The incident happened shortly after 5.30pm on Wednesday, October 12, as the victim travelled alone on the 4.30pm Buxton to Blackpool North service.

PC Keith Holmes, investigating for BTP, said: “The victim sat in the seat next to a man.

“As the journey progressed the man’s left hand, which had been resting on the seat, moved to touch the woman’s thigh.

“During the journey his hand gradually moved to her hip and, though she tried to move away she was unable to do so and his hand remained on her leg until she left the train at Chorley.

“Unfortunately we do not have CCTV of the incident, but the train was busy and had been delayed leaving Manchester Oxford Road station.

“I am sure someone will have noticed what happened and I am calling on anyone with information to come forward.

“I am also appealing to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images, who may have vital information, to come forward.”

The victim was not physically harmed by what happened but was badly shaken by her ordeal.

It is also thought the offender had earlier travelled from Sheffield, as the eagle-eyed victim noticed this point of departure written on his ticket.

PC Holmes added: “If you recognise the man – or have any other information about the incident please contact BTP on 0800 405040 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

“In all calls please quote log 518 of 12/10/11.”