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Man sought in connection with incident on bus in Barking and Dagenham

News   •   Jun 12, 2018 16:58 BST

An image of the man police would like to speak to

Officers from the Met’s Roads and Transport Command are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who is alleged to have shouted racial and sexual abuse at a teenager and then attempted to assault a woman on a bus in Barking and Dagenham.

On Tuesday, 14 November at around 16:00hrs the victim, a 13-year-old girl, was on the top deck of a route 174 bus having finished school.

The bus stopped at Romford Station and a man got on. He began staring at the victim, causing her to feel uncomfortable.

The bus stopped again at Barking and Dagenham College and the male stood up and began shouting racial and sexual insults at the girl before another passenger, an adult female, went to the victim’s aid and tried to escort her downstairs.

The male said they could not get off and then attempted to punch the woman before another male passenger intervened and told the man to leave them alone.

The pair went downstairs and the woman stayed with the teenager until she got off at her stop and told her parents, who then alerted police.

Police have issued an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.

He is described as a black male, aged approx 35 - 45. He was wearing a distinctive leather jacket with white strips down the arm and a patterned cap.

Anyone who recognizes the male is asked to call police on 101 quoting 5119484/17.

Alternativey contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.