Met Police detectives are appealing for the public’s help in identifying six suspects caught on camera after a number of recent sexual assaults on London buses.
Chiefly, police want to identify a man in connection with a sexual assault on Crayford Road between Bexleyheath and Dartford.
Detectives want to speak to this man after a person was touched sexually on a Route 492 bus in south east London.
TfL say they are “appalled to learn of these sexual assaults,” and the Met Police said the investigation was being prioritised amongst a number of recent sexual assault cases.
The bus was running by the Crayford Road stop between 9:30am and 9:45am on Tuesday, February 4, when the incident happened.
CCTV managed to capture an image of the man connected with the case of sexual touching, and police now want the public’s help identifying him.
Detective Inspector Cindy Yau, Road Traffic Policing Command said: “Maintaining a safe network for those travelling on buses is vital. Sexual assaults on buses in London are a very rare occurrence and when they do happen, these investigations are prioritised.
“The technology available to us is very strong and we encourage anyone who is a victim of or a witness to this kind of assault to contact police.
“On conviction we will always strive for the harshest possible sentence and also seek orders to be made preventing offenders from using the bus network wherever possible.”
The appeal is part of a wider investigation into sexual assaults by the Met Police, with images of five other people connected to recent sexual assaults on London buses also being shared.
One man (left and middle) is wanted after a sexual assault on a bus near Arcadian Gardens, another for sexual touching on board a bus between Walthamstow and Wood Green (right).
Another man (left) is connected to three separate incidents across London where he was seen exposing and touching himself inappropriately.
Police are also seeking to identify a man (middle) linked to sexual touching on a Route 48 bus near Clapton, and a sixth man (right) in relation to a case of exposure near Northumberland Park.
Detective Inspector Yau added: “These despicable acts are unacceptable, and will not be tolerated and we will continue to do all we can to make bus routes safe for those travelling.
“If you recognise any of these men, please call police on 101.”
Siwan Hayward, Director of Policing for Transport for London said: “No one should experience sexual assault on our transport network.
“We are appalled to learn of these incidents on London’s buses and are working closely with police to ensure these offenders are caught and brought to justice as soon as possible.
“We’d like to reassure our passengers that there is an extensive network of CCTV cameras operating across London’s transport network and all reports of sexual assault are taken extremely seriously and fully investigated.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or tweet @MetCC. To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org.