Police have renewed calls for the public to help identify a man who followed a student at Selly Oak train station, with an appeal on Crimewatch Live on BBC1 this morning.
The man suspected of attacking a student at Selly Oak train station on 3rd September 2015 is also wanted in connection with a number of sexual assaults in the area. He is described as Chinese, aged 20 to 30, and was wearing a blue padded jacket.
Detective Inspector Roger Trimble from BTP said: “Following our first appeal, it quickly became apparent there had been other assaults in the area.
The crystal clear CCTV footage captures the man following the girl at the station on 3 September 2015 before trying to get into her car.
Shortly after the footage was first issued, the British Transport Police were made aware of a West Midlands Police investigation into a number of assaults on women in Selly Oak by a man of the same description:
- On 5 September, a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down Exeter Road.
- Another woman was touched inappropriately as she walked home with a friend along Hubert Road on 18 September.
- On 27 September, a 19-year-old was assaulted when she answered the door of a student house in Bournbrook Road.
Detectives from both forces have been examining the similarities in their investigations to establish potential lines of inquiry but as yet, the man’s identity remains unknown.
Detective Inspector Roger Trimble from BTP said: “We have been working closely with West Midlands Police to identify the suspect but, although the CCTV has been viewed thousands of times on social media, we are yet to be given a name for him.
“The footage is of such high quality and I am sure someone out there knows who he is. We hope issuing it again – in light of the other assaults – will prick someone’s conscience and move them to do the right thing.
“What if it were your sister or daughter who had been assaulted? Just one call could make the difference and help us get justice for these women.”
Detective Inspector Ian Ingram, from West Midlands Police, said: “We have not been made aware of any further incidents since September, but if anyone else has been approached and has not reported it to us then please call us so we can investigate.
“As always, we continue to work closely with the local university, student security staff and the student wardens that patrol the area, and our university based police officers are on hand to answer any concerns people may have about these assaults.”
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or text BTP on 61016.
Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.
Visit: www.saferstudents.co.uk for student specific safety advice.