Urgent police appeal to identify 6 men after London bus sex attacks

An urgent appeal has been launched to identify a number of men following six different sex attacks on board London buses.

Police have released CCTV images of six men who they want to speak to regarding sexual assaults on six different London bus routes between November 1 and December 17 last year.

Officers are appealing for the public’s help to name the six men.

The exact details of the assaults have not been shared by police.

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Detective Sergeant Ian Beattie, of the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “These despicable acts are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“We will continue to do all we can to make bus routes safe for those travelling.”

The attacks

A) Route 241 bus on November 17, B) Route 286 bus on November 25, C) Route P12 bus on November 1
(Image: Met Police)

Image A – Police are trying to identify this man after a girl was sexually assaulted on a Route 241 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened near Freemasons Road in Newham at approximately 1pm on November 17, 2020.

Image B – Police are trying to identify this man after a girl was sexually assaulted on a Route 286 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened in the King William Lane area of Greenwich at approximately 8am on November 25, 2020.

Image C – Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a woman on a Route P12 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened in the Overhill Road area of Dulwich, Southwark at approximately 15:45hrs on 1 November 2020.

D) Route 395 bus on December 17, E) Route 55 bus on November 17, F) Route 427 bus on December 17
(Image: Met Police)

Image D – Police are trying to identify this man after a woman was sexually assaulted on a Route 395 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened between Northolt and Greenford, in Ealing, at approximately 12pm on December 17, 2020.

Image E – Police are trying to identify this man after a girl was sexually assaulted on board a Route 55 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened in the Stoke Newington area of Hackney at approximately 4.50pm on November 17, 2020.

Image F – Police are trying to identify this man after a girl was sexually assaulted on board a Rout 427 bus.

The incident is reported to have happened in the Uxbridge Road area of Hayes at approximately 1.30pm on December 17, 2020.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detective Sergeant Beattie added: “Maintaining a safe network for those travelling on buses is vital.

“Sexual assaults on buses in London are very rare but when they do happen we prioritise supporting the victim and catching those responsible.

“The technology available to use is very strong and we encourage anyone who is a victim of witnesses of such offence to contact police so we can work to track down the perpetrator.”

Mandy McGregor, TfL’s Head of Transport Policing and Community Safety, said: “The bus network is a low crime environment but when heinous acts like these are committed we are relentless in our pursuit of the perpetrators.

“I would urge anyone who witnessed any of these crimes or recognises the men in the CCTV images to come forward to ensure those responsible face the full force of the law.”

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