Man hunted after train sex attack

CCTV image of a man suspected of inappropriately touching a 23-year-old woman on a train between Wakefield Kirkgate and Leeds on Friday, August 26.

CCTV image of a man suspected of inappropriately touching a 23-year-old woman on a train between Wakefield Kirkgate and Leeds on Friday, August 26.

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A WOMAN was sexually assaulted as she travelled on a train from Kirkgate Railway Station.

CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with the attack have been released by British Transport Police.

The 23-year-old victim was on the 6.50am service from Kirkgate to Leeds on Friday, August 26.

A man sat next to her as the train left Normanton station at around 7.15am.

PC John Moses, investigating officer, said: “During the journey, he began to inappropriately touch her several times, making her feel uncomfortable.

“In a bid to escape this appalling assault, she got up and moved seats before alighting at Leeds which is where the man is also believed to have left.

“This was an extremely unpleasant and unwarranted crime, and one that made an innocent woman feel intimidated and uncomfortable.

“Although this type of crime is rare on the rail network, we are fully investigating this and hope the public can help us in identifying the man in these excellent CCTV stills.”

The CCTV images were captured at Leeds Railway Station.

Thanks to the Express’ Staff Our Station campaign, CCTV cameras also operate at Kirkgate Railway Station.

It was launched in January 2009 after a 21-year-old woman was raped and mugged by homeless Romanian Ali Majlat in the underpass.

Since then regeneration charity Groundwork has come up with a multi-million pound plan to transform the grim station and put staff on the platform to protect passengers.

Anyone with information should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.