Welwyn Garden City woman sexually assaulted on Great Northern train
A sexual assault victim has criticised a rail operator for not having CCTV on a train as police now struggle to track down the man who “grabbed” her.
The Welwyn Garden City woman, who is in her mid twenties, was on her way home from work at around 7pm on February 5, when a man sexually assaulted her on the Great Northern train.
She described how he grabbed her “all over” as the train was approaching Hatfield Station.
Once the train reached the station she quickly got off and got back into another carriage to carry on her journey to Welwyn Garden City.
The woman says she reported the assault straight away to the British Transport Police (BTP) and Great Northern, but claims that the rail company did not get back to her for over three weeks.
A BTP spokesman confirmed that Great Northern could not supply any CCTV footage from the carriage where the assault took place or on the Welwyn Garden City platform.
The spokesman added: “Our enquiries are ongoing and we are looking at other stations’ CCTV footage to try and track this man down.”
The commuter, who has to travel to work in London, has been left “incredibly shaken” from the ordeal and is now scared to travel on trains, feels anxious and moves if a man sits next to her.
She told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s absolutely disgusting that a company takes so long to get back to you over something so serious.
“I’ve paid so much money to travel with Great Northern over a period of four years and I expect there to be working CCTV to keep me safe.”
She claims there was even a poster in the carriage advertising that there was working CCTV with the wording “keeping you safe. Our CCTV is looking after you”.
She added: “It’s false advertising.
“This man is still out there and could be doing it to others who also won’t be protected.
“I just want him to be caught so I can feel more at ease.”
A spokesman for Great Northern explained that the train did not have CCTV equipment fitted as it was a “Class 365” train, the oldest type in its fleet.
He added: “We are looking into why there might have been a notice about CCTV in the carriage.
“We would not have put a notice specifically about CCTV there, but the passenger may have seen a generic notice about security, used on all train types, that mentions CCTV, and if this is the case we would like to apologise for the confusion.”
•If you saw anything suspicious or have any information that could assist BTP with its investigation contact them on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting the crime reference number 529/05/02/18.