Manhunt after train sex attack
Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a teenager on a train.
The 18-year-old woman was travelling from Leicester to Kettering when the incident happened.
British Transport Police (BTP) yesterday appealed for witnesses to come forward and released CCTV images of a man they are looking to trace in connection with the assault, which happened on Sunday, September 23.
Detective Constable Kevin Challinor said: "The victim has been extremely traumatised by this attack.
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"Throughout the incident she was intimidated and too scared to move. It took her all her courage to get past the man to leave the train."
The incident took place at about 10pm on the 9.53pm Leicester to London service. The victim, who is from Kettering, boarded the service at Leicester.
A man sat next to her and is alleged to have made sexually suggestive comments, before asking her sexual questions.
He then attempted to kiss her before touching her inappropriately.
The victim left the train at Kettering and contacted police shortly after.
The man is believed to have left the service at Wellingborough.
Det Con Challinor said: "No-one should be made to feel like this. It is vital we trace this man.
"Incidents such as this are very rare, but this was clearly a very distressing experience for the victim.
"We'll do everything in our power to catch the person responsible."
The man police would like to speak to is of East Asian origin, 5ft 6in and of medium build.
He had short, black, messy gelled hair and was wearing a dark hooded top and blue denim jeans.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference NEA/B7 of October 11, 2012.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.