Girl, 17, sexually assaulted twice on train home from Boardmasters festival

A 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted twice on a train home from a music festival.

The girl was assaulted by two different men while travelling back from the Boardmasters festival in Cornwall.

The incidents happened on a Great Western Railway train from Newquay to Plymouth between 8.45pm and 9pm on Saturday, August 12, British Transport Police said.

The first man approached the girl as she boarded the train and asked her if she needed help with her luggage.

When they got on board, he sat next to her and asked if she wanted a kiss, police said.

When she refused, he started tickling her and tried to take her phone, before she moved to a different seat.

The attacks happened on a train from Newquay to Plymouth (Rex features)


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Police described the first offender as a white man with pale skin and ginger hair. He was wearing a novelty shark hat, a white shirt with a palm tree on it and blue shorts.

After she moved seat, she explained to a second man what the first one had done. The second man then kissed the girl and touched her and himself inappropriately, police said.

The second offender was a white man with mousey hair and pronounced sideburns, police said. He was wearing a white polo shirt and camouflage shorts. He gave his name as ‘Lance’.

‘This was a deeply upsetting and shocking incident for this young woman and we are urgently seeking witnesses,’ said investigating officer DC Matt Grieve.

‘If you were on board this train and witnessed what happened, or saw two men acting suspiciously, then I would urge you to get in touch.

‘Your information could prove vital in our enquiries to understand what happened, and who is responsible.’

Anyone with information can pass it to the British Transport Police by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 423 of 16/08/2017. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(Top picture: Rex)