Horsham woman subjected to ‘abusive’ comments on train

A MAN subjected a woman to abusive comments on a train travelling between Three Bridges and Horsham stations, say British Transport Police.

The force are calling on the public to come forward with information.

PC Peter Cooke, the investigating officer, said the incident happened at 10.08pm on Wednesday February 16 onboard the 21.10 London Victoria to Horsham service.

“The victim, a 33-year-old woman from Horsham, was travelling alone when a man boarded the train at Three Bridges station and sat in the seat opposite her.

“As he engaged her in conversation, he began to make very threatening and lewd comments.

“She tried to ignore him and distract herself, but the man continued - even when she politely asked him to stop.”

The victim, who was left very shaken by the incident, got off the train at Horsham railway station, where police were alerted.

An 18-year-old man from Bedford was arrested on suspicion of public order offences. He has been bailed to return to police on Thursday March 31.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting background reference B12/LSA of 02/03/2011.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.