Images released of man sought in relation to sexual assaults on buses in Hackney

Detectives are appealing to the public to help them identify a man in connection with linked sexual assaults in Hackney.

Officers investigating sexual assaults on buses in the area believe this man could assist them with their enquiries. He was captured on CCTV at the time of one incident and recorded at the time of the second.

On 14 February 2019 at 07:50hrs police were called to an incident on the 254 bus around the Stamford Hill area when a 15-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted on the top deck. She left the bus and immediately reported the incident.

On Tuesday, 4 February 2020, at 08:56hrs a 19-year-old woman was on the bus route 253 around Stamford Hill travelling to work when a man repeatedly attempted to sexually assault her. He got off the bus at Clapton Common.

The same woman also reported two other occasions where then same man previously either sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault her on the 253 bus over a period of just two months.

PC Clair who is investigating said: “Both of the victims did the right thing and immediately reported what happened to us and we’ve supported them throughout the investigation.

“Although there is a year between the two incidents, we are treating these as linked and it’s really important that we track down this man. I am asking anyone who knows him to call us straightaway.

“Specifically if you travel on the 253/254 bus routes or are local to the Manor House and Stamford Hill areas then consider if you know who this man might be.

“If you are the man in the CCTV then I am appealing to you directly to contact us.

“We treat all allegations of sexual assault seriously. If you have been sexually assaulted then I urge you to report it to us, we will support you.”

To give information 100% anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.