Five year Tube ban for Bromley-by-Bow sex offender
PUBLISHED: 16:40 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:40 18 March 2013
A man has been banned from the London Underground for five years after he was convicted of sexually assaulting two women on the Tube.
Tanveer Akhtar, of Gillender Street, Bromley-by-Bow, was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on a Central line train from Mile End last year when officers saw him inappropriately touching a woman.
Following his convictions for the offences, including another involving a woman on the Northern line, Akhtar was placed on the sex offenders’ register and awarded a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from the Tube for five years.
PC Olly Saunders, the investigating officer from BTP’s sexual offences unit, said: “BTP officers were suspicious of Akhtar as he was not behaving as a regular passenger. He was clearly watching and following female passengers and so the officers started following him.
“The first victim’s bag was found to contain DNA matching that of Akhtar, while BTP officers witnessed the second incident. Faced with this irrefutable evidence, Akhtar was left with little option but to plead guilty.”
PC Saunders added: “While this type of offence is extremely rare on the London Underground, we understand that it is an extremely upsetting and intimidating experience for anyone who is a victim.
“We take all reports of sexual assault very seriously and do everything we can to identify and arrest the offender.
“I urge anyone who suspects they have been a victim of a sexual assault to report it to police so that it can be properly investigated.”