Police appeal following incident at St Albans City station

PUBLISHED: 15:21 05 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:48 06 September 2011




INVESTIGATORS at British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information, after a female passenger was inappropriately touched whilst onboard a St Albans-bound train.

The alleged incident happened on August 24, on the 19.48 First Capital Connect Service, from St Pancras International to St Albans City.

Investigating officer Det Con Vicki Bladen said that the 21-year-old victim was travelling onboard the train when she felt someone touch her inappropriately.

“When the train arrived at St Albans City station, around 8.15pm, the victim left the service and as she was walking up the stairs, again felt someone touching her, before seeing a man push past her and run up the stairs,” she continued.

The victim was then approached by another woman, who had witnessed the incident at St Albans, and informed the victim that she had seen the same man following her around the platform at St Pancras International.

Police have release details of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. He is described as white, aged between 45 and 55 and overweight. He had short dark hair, flecked with grey and a widow’s peak at the front. He was wearing a blue pinstripe suit, with a white shirt.

DC Bladden continued: “This was an unpleasant crime. One that made a young woman feel very uncomfortable.

“This type of offence is very rare on the railway but, when we do receive such reports, BTP takes this crime very seriously. If you were at St Pancras, onboard the train or at St Albans City station and have any information, I urge you to get in contact and assist us with the investigation.

“In particular, I am very eager to speak to the woman who witnessed the incident and spoke to the victim afterwards.”

The female witness is described as white, with blonde hair, which was in a very short ponytail. At the time she was wearing a grey jacket and skirt with a pleat down the front. She also had a gold chain with a large pendant on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police 0800 40 50 60, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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