Woman verbally abused on train journey

BRITISH Transport Police are calling on the public to come forward with information after a man subjected a woman to abusive comments on a train travelling between Three Bridges and Horsham stations.

PC Peter Cooke, the investigating officer, said that the incident happened at 10.08pm on Wednesday February 16 onboard the 9.10pm 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.

PC Cooke added: “The behaviour of this man was completely unacceptable and has no place on the railway.

“We know that the incident was witnessed by several passengers who were travelling in the same carriage.

“We have so far made local enquiries into the incident and have also made an arrest. We now need anyone with information about the incident to come forward.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should 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.