Man arrested after women raped in Southeastern train toilet

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A stock image of a southeastern train (Getty Images)
A stock image of a southeastern train (Getty Images)

A man has been arrested after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and raped on-board a Southeastern train.

The woman was on-board a train travelling between St Leonard’s Warrior Square and Wadhurst at 11pm on April 22.

Prior to the incident, the victim had started a conversation with two men - one of whom disembarked from the train before the alleged attack.

The victim then said the second man, aged 44, sexually assaulted her in the train toilet.

It is not believed the victim and two men were previously known to each other.

Detective constable Gemma Littlewood, from the British Transport Police’s Major, Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This was a shocking and disturbing incident to happen to a young woman, who is now receiving specialist support from our officers.

“Thankfully we are not looking to identify anyone else in connection however our investigation is continuing at pace.

“I urge anyone with information, and particularly those known to have been in the area at the time of the incident, to get in touch as they may hold information which could be vital to our investigation.”

Officers are particularly keen to speak to the other man who was on the train just before the incident took place to assist their enquiries.

He is described a white man in his 50s, of medium build and with a close shaven haircut. He was wearing a dark coloured jumper with grey trousers and brown shoes.

They are also keen to speak to two other women who were seen on the same service.

They sat on a table and were approached by the man shortly after the incident.

Southeastern trains has been approached for comment.

People are asked to get in touch by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 772 of 22/04/22.

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