Elderly train passenger sexually assaulted in Sussex

An 86-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted on a train by a man who tried to stroke and kiss her and made crude remarks about sex.

British Transport Police, who have issued CCTV images in a bid to identify the man, said the attack happened on a Hastings to Brighton service in April.

Det Con Nigel Craig said the woman was shocked, intimidated and disgusted.

He said the actions of the man, who left the train at Bexhill, Sussex, were made all the worse by the victim’s age.

‘Stood and stared’

The woman had been on her way home after a day in Hastings when the man boarded the train at St Leonards Warrior Square at about 1930 BST on 27 April, he said.

“He stood in the aisle and stared at her for a few minutes before choosing to sit next to her, despite there being an abundance of empty seats nearby.

“He then tried to engage her in conversation before making advances towards her, which she declined.”

Police have released several CCTV images of the man as he left Bexhill railway station that evening.

The man was described as white, of average build with short brown hair, wearing blue jeans, white trainers and a dark hooded jacket over a black jumper.

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