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Police warn women over bus pest

Man touched up women on South Manchester buses

Published on December 16th 2010.

Police warn women over bus pest

Police are investigating three sexual assaults by the same man on buses running between the city centre and South Manchester.

At 6pm on Saturday, 2 November 2010, a 24-year-old woman was on the 142 bus service from Piccadilly to Didsbury.

A man got on the bus on Oxford Road, sat next to the woman and put his coat on her lap. He touched her knee so she tried to move away.

He did it a second and third time and tried to move his hand up her thigh so she challenged him.

The same woman was on another 142 service at about 6.50pm on Tuesday 16 November 2010 when the same man got on and touched her leg again. She got up and went to tell the driver so the man got up and got off the bus.

On Monday, 4 November 2010, another 24-year-old woman was on the 143 bus from South Manchester into the city centre.

A man got on the bus on Oxford Road, sat next to the woman and put his coat on her lap. He put his hand on her thigh and took away his coat.

She looked down on realising his hand was on her thigh and when he noticed she was aware, he took his hand away, got up and got off the bus at the next stop.

The offender is described as a white man, aged 50 to 60, about 5ft 7in to 6ft tall and of slim build.

Greater Manchester Police has also released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incidents.

Police Constable Lee Rowbottom, based at Didsbury Police Station, said: "This has been a horrible experience for both women, who would just like to be able to use the bus and be left in peace while on their journey.

"We're determined to catch the person responsible so he doesn't upset anyone else in this way. I'd ask people to take a good look at this image and if you know who this man is or have seen him, please contact us."

So be on the lookout if you use buses up and down Oxford Road – you may see this person on your way to and from work or university.

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Didsbury on 0161 856 4973 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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