Student sexually assaulted on a bus police seek the public help to identify the offender
March 11, 2013, 7:56 am
Police are calling for the public’s help to identify a man who sexually assaulted a student on a Sandwell bus, after the victim gave a detailed description of the offender.
The 19-year-old was on the number 41 with a family member near to Westminster School in West Browmich at around 3pm on 7 January when the attack took place.
The girls tried to get off the bus when four young men began talking to them and making inappropriate comments.
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But when they tried to get away from the group of teenagers one of them grabbed the victim and assaulted her.
She describes him as a 17-year-old mixed race lad (black/white), aged around 17 and relatively short at around 5ft 1ins tall.
He was slim and clean shaven, with three stripes shaved into one eyebrow and two in the other.
Stinking of cigarette smoke, the offender spoke in street slang and had a flat nose, brown eyes and acne on his cheeks.
He wore a grey baseball cap, with a peak worn at the back, a black t-shirt with a Nike logo on the left breast and black tracksuit bottoms, worn low on his hips.
PC Kate Baglin, from West Bromwich police station, said: “The victim was simply going about her business when this assault took place, in front of a family member and in a very public place.
“She’s been left terrified as a result of what happened to her and we are determined to find the person responsible for putting her through this attack.
“We have an incredibly detailed description of the offender and we’ve also got CCTV footage of what we believe are him and his mates.
“I want to hear from anyone who recognises the offender or the other people in the CCTV images.
“I’d also appeal directly to the offender’s friends to do the right thing; come forward and tell us who he is.”
His friends were all young men of a similar age. One was mixed race, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short shaved black hair. He was clean shaven and wore a black cardigan.
Another was white, also around 6ft tall and of slim build. He had short straight black hair, was clean shaven and had a round jaw. He wore a red cardigan and dark blue jeans and spoke about having a tattoo of his surname on his arm.
Anyone with information to assist the inquiry should call the Public Protection Unit at West Bromwich police station on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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