Rugby woman traumatised after ‘inappropriate touching’ on train

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BRITISH Transport Police is calling on the public to help find a man who touched a female train passenger from Rugby inappropriately.

The incident happened shortly after 10am on Wednesday, 29 February, as the victim, a 48-year-old, travelled aboard the 10.04am Rugby to Stoke-on-Trent service.

PC Karl Harvey said: “As the train left Rugby, the victim changed seats from an aisle to window seat. As she was doing so the train jolted, causing her to fall into a male passenger – the offender.

“At Stafford the majority of passengers left the service, leaving the victim and suspect in the carriage alone.

“At this point he began to rub her leg – telling her he liked her – before continuing to touch her inappropriately.”

Terrified by the incident, the victim left the train at Stoke and, on her return to Rugby, reported the matter to police.

PC Harvey added: “Though the victim was uninjured, she has been left extremely traumatised by the incident and is now too scared to travel on her own.

“Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare, but when they do happen, cause the victims extreme discomfort and fear.

“We will do everything in our power to locate the man responsible and I am now calling on members of the public to come forward with any information which may assist the investigation.

“I have also released the CCTV image of a man I would like to speak to in connection with the incident – it is possible he may have vital information.”

If you have any information, or recognise the man from the CCTV, please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote incident 198 of 1/3/12.