Police hunt man with Tyneside accent after sex assault on train

Police appeal
Police appeal

Police are hunting a man with a Tyneside accent after a sex assault on a train.

British Transport Police is appealing for information after a young woman was assaulted "in a sexually indecent manner" on a train travelling between Leuchars and Edinburgh last Thursday, 22 October 2015.

During the journey the 20-year-old victim was touched inappropriately by a man aged in his 50s. He is also reported to have tried to kiss her.

The woman alighted from the service – the 16.39 Dyce to Edinburgh Waverley service - at Haymarket station in Edinburgh and reported the incident to rail staff and police.

The man responsible is further described as being about 5 ft 10 in height with short grey hair. He was wearing a round necked light blue t-shirt, with a brown long sleeved top underneath it and brown trousers. He also had a red tattoo on his right hand.

He spoke with a Tyneside accent and it is believed he was travelling on to Newcastle.

Detective Constable David McAlister, the BTP officer in charge of the enquiry, is appealing for anyone who was on the busy train and witnessed the sexual assault to contact him.

He said: “I am asking anyone who has information which can help identify the man responsible to contact BTP as a matter of urgency.”

CCTV from on the train and at stations will be reviewed in an attempt to identify the man responsible.

British Transport Police can be contacted on 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 – quoting reference B3 of 26 October 2015. Information can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.