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Sex offenders are ‘taking advantage’ of crowded rush-hour tubes, as new figures show 42% rise in attacks 

Sex offenders are ‘taking advantage’ of crowded rush-hour tubes, as new figures show 42% rise in attacks 

Andrea Simon, the End Violence Against Women Coalition’s head of public affairs, said: “It’s not enough to just encourage the reporting of sexual harassment and assaults, alongside this we need to be proactively identifying offenders and stopping them. “We know that those committing sexual offences will enter the transport system purposefully in order to commit

Andrea Simon, the End Violence Against Women Coalition’s head of public affairs, said: “It’s not enough to just encourage the reporting of sexual harassment and assaults, alongside this we need to be proactively identifying offenders and stopping them.

“We know that those committing sexual offences will enter the transport system purposefully in order to commit those offences.

“CCTV shows that they will move around the transport network looking for women to target, most often during the commuter rush hours when the tube network is busiest.”

The figures, released by the Mayor of London’s office, show there have been 138 sexual assaults on the night Tube since it was phased in on lines from August 2016, with 62 in 2018/19 – about 5% of the year’s total.

Transport for London (TfL) said incidents are more common in the day, with the longer, busier lines seeing more offences.

In the 12 months to March 2019, there were 305 recorded sexual assaults on the Central line, making up about a quarter of the total for the year.

One of those offences was carried out by married entrepreneur Tomas Bukys, 45, who touched a woman’s bottom three times as he stood behind her on a crowded Tube train in what the victim described as a “violation”.

Bukys, from Brentwood, in Essex, claimed the contact between Oxford Circus and Liverpool Street stations on July 27 last year was accidental.

But Deputy District Judge Adrian Turner found him guilty of sexual assault and handed him a two-year community order, including 100 hours of unpaid work at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Bukys was also ordered to pay £150 compensation and £485 in costs and other charges.





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