A woman was awoken as she was sexually assaulted on a train as it passed through Leighton Buzzard station.
British Transport Police (BTP) officers want to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack on the 6.49pm Euston to Birmingham New Street service on Wednesday, August 13 – particularly two women who sat opposite the victim and got off the train at Leighton.
Sgt Mark Summerfield said: “The victim, a 25-year-old woman, boarded a carriage towards the front of the train at Euston.
“During the journey, she fell asleep only to be awoken as the train passed through Leighton Buzzard, by a man sexually assaulting her.
“She challenged the man, but he ignored her. She then demanded that he let her out of her seat, which he did.”
The woman left the train at Milton Keynes and alerted police. Officers met the train at Rugby station but could not find anyone matching the description of the man.
The man is described as Asian and in his 40s. He wore a white shirt, which was either short-sleeved or had the sleeves rolled up, dark suit trousers and carried a heavy dark shiny coat.
Sgt Summerfield said: “We are keen to speak to anyone on the train who witnessed this incident or believes they have any information which could help our investigation.
“I am particularly interested in talking to two women who sat opposite the victim prior to the assault.
“One of the women had a laptop, the other was reading a book. Both got off the train at Leighton Buzzard.
“The victim has been left traumatised by this assault, and we need to find the man responsible as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference MSUB/B7 of 21/08/2014 Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.