A man who subjected a teenage girl and a woman to “sustained sexual assaults” on buses in west London is being hunted by police.
On August 1 at around 4.40pm, a 17-year-old girl boarded a 316 bus in Cricklewood and sat on the lower deck towards the back of the bus.
Around 15 minutes later in Kilburn, a man boarded the bus and sat next to the teenager, before opening up a newspaper on his lap and sexually assaulting her.
The 17-year-old confronted the man before getting up and sitting in a different seat on the bus.
In the second incident, on August 28 at around 1.30pm, a woman boarded a 36 bus in Westminster, heading towards the West End.
A man boarded the bus shortly after and sat next to the victim, who is in her 40s.
He then subjected her to a “prolonged sexual assault” after opening a newspaper on his lap.
Metropolitan Police's Roads and Transport Command is now investigating and has released an image of the man officers would like to speak to.
The man is described as a white man, of medium build and around 6ft tall.
In both instances, he wore a black baseball cap with a white logo, a black t-shirt and dark coloured trousers and boots.
On Tuesday (November 21), the force appealed for information following the assaults, which PC Sarah Bunting said left the victims “shaken and distressed”.
“These two victims were subjected to a sustained sexual assault, and their vulnerability was taken advantage of in a public setting," she said.
“They have both been left shaken and distressed by what's happened to them.
“We believe that the same man is responsible for both attacks, and we need the public's help to trace him.
“If you recognise the man in the CCTV still images, we would urge you to get in touch right away.”
If you have information to help with the investigation, call the Roads and Transport Command on 101, on Twitter via @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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