A girl is believed to have been choked and a boy allegedly hit in the chest on a train, British Transport Police has said as it launches an appeal for information.
The girl aged around seven-years-old and boy aged around five-years-old were attacked by a woman who was travelling with them on South West Trains , the police said.
The alarming attack is believed to have taken place on a service from Whitton and Waterloo between 5.53pm and 6.34pm on Thursday April 13.
The incident was reported by another passenger on the train and officers are looking to trace the people involved and any other potential witnesses.
The suspect has been described as a white woman with blonde hair of medium build and she was wearing a denim jacket.
Investigating officer, PC Barbara Wojciechowska, said: “I’m sure most people will be alarmed to hear about this alleged assault against two young children.
"We are working to establish the circumstances of the incident and it is vital that we trace the children involved so that we can check they are ok, and identify the woman who was with them.
"If anyone saw the incident take place or has any information which could help with the investigation, I would like to hear from them as soon as possible.”
Anyone who has information relating to this incident should call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 184 24/4/17.
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