Police investigation after ‘inappropriate’ comments and girl ‘touched’ over clothing on Thanet bus

Police think this man could help with the enquiries

CCTV images of a man have been released as Kent Police investigate a report of inappropriate behaviour on public transport in Thanet.

A teenage girl reported she was travelling on a bus from Margate to Broadstairs when a man boarded in Northdown Road, Cliftonville, before sitting behind her and making inappropriate comments.

The victim declined to talk to the man but then felt a hand come through the gap in the seats and touch her over clothing.

The victim was able to get off the bus at Broadstairs without further issue.

The incident is believed to have taken place between 5.50pm and 6.20pm on Saturday, March 27.

Officers are hoping to identify and speak to the man pictured in the CCTV images as he may be able to assist with enquiries.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/50772/21.

You can also contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by completing the anonymous online form at their website crimestoppers-uk.org.


    • Maybe he is except from wearing a mask I’d be more worried about the inappropriate behaviour

        • Ever been on a bus where people aren’t coughing &/or sneezing-usually into the air rather than a tissue of their clothing? Confined space. Other than if there any windows open no ventilation. The number of bus drivers who have contracted & died from Covid.

  1. Two reasons to avoid getting on a bus in the same article. Not the best advert for Stagecoach !

  2. FFS some of you on here. Slagging off Stagecoach yet again I see, and for NO GOOD REASON.
    First the driver cannot enforce a mask, only advise about the need to wear one.
    Secondly this alleged offence is a matter between the victim and the police. The video would have been provided by Stagecoach as soon as it was asked for, after that it is a Police matter as to how and when the information was made public.
    Yes, a perfectly healthy and relatively young driver from Westwood bus garage died about a month ago from Covid 19. He is not the first bus driver to lose his life this way
    If you do think that buses are “travelling coffins” , and what idiot thought that one up? , then be safe and don’t use them. Unfortunately the drivers have no choice in the matter.
    I hope this sex pest is found soon, that is the main point here!

    • Actually the Stagecoach website makes it clear that a face covering/mask must be worn unless the person can prove they are exempt.

      • You try telling somebody to wear a mask if he doesn’t want to for one.
        Easy to say you’re exempt for two.
        A driver can always refuse to take any passenger if he has good reason. Not wearing a mask is not a good reason, the company will not back the driver over this if a formal complaint is made.
        Try driving a bus these days, you’ll know the score then.

        • I can’t understand why I see so many bus drivers not wearing a mask themselves. Perhaps they are all exempt, perhaps they feel protected behind their plastic screen but it does send off a mixed message to passengers when they are trying to enforce a mask policy.

          • You would think a lot of things would happen in this world but they don’t.
            The driver is behind a screen, good protection in shops, banks and petrol stations, I see.
            Try wearing a mask and driving a bus for a solid 8 hours a day (with one break)and see how you get on with being safe to drive safely.
            Just wear your mask as a passenger and please stop the constant whinging about Stagecoach. They do their best to keep you safe on the current circumstances.

        • It is & if SC refused to back the driver up they would be open to legal action. Again, their website sets out explicitly what their customers have to do in order to travel.

  3. He looks very famous I’ve seen him if it’s the same one he has a pony tail but can’t see in the image he’s been around Margate always asking people for money, he was or is still homeless, if this info helps.

  4. he was stood outside the co-op in saint Peters last night in. the car park asking everyone for money – he is also often seen around Westover road – and around the dane valley industrial estate roaming around

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