CCTV appeal in hunt for Yorkshire rail station sex attacker

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Police hunting a sex attacker who targeted a teenage girl at a West Yorkshire rail station have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted after she declined a man who had propositioned her at Kirkgate rail station, Wakefield.

PC Christopher McGlynn, of British Transport Police, said: “A man made inappropriate advances towards a teenage girl at Wakefield Kirkgate station on Friday, 1 February.

“The victim, a 14-year-old girl, had accidentally boarded the wrong service at Leeds on her way home.

“She left the service at Wakefield Kirkgate around 6.45pm and contacted a family member to collect her.

“Near the exit of the station she was approached by an older man who propositioned her. When the victim declined his advances, the man began to touch her inappropriately.”

The man then walked away from the station and turned left at the end of Monk Street.

Police believe the man they are seeking is aged around 20-years-old, of medium build, with shaven strawberry blonde hair.

PC McGlynn added: “After reviewing CCTV at the station we have identified a man who we would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

“This was understandably a very distressing experience for the victim, who was left incredibly upset and shaken by the man’s actions.

“We take incidents of this nature, which fortunately are rare, very seriously and are determined to find the man responsible.

“I’d ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or recognises the man’s picture, to contact us urgently.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 quoting B12/NEA of 07/02/2013.

Alternatively, information can be given to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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