HE may look like a man innocently strolling along a Tube platform but he is, in fact, a sexual predator under surveillance by British Transport Police.
Reporters from 5 News secretly filmed the man when they joined officers on a morning rush-hour shift in London.
Last year 2,129 sexual offences were reported to transport police, a nine per cent rise on the previous year. But the film reveals just how difficult it is to bring suspects to justice.
Officers spot the man scanning the platform and notice he is looking at women, not trains. They follow him as he appears to press himself against women for sexual gratification.
An undercover officer called Steve says: ‘He’s very aware of his situation as well. He keeps looking around behind himself. Keeps checking. He’s now positioned himself behind four women.’
The officers follow the suspect on to a packed train, where he appears to press up against a woman. When he gets off, officers approach the woman, who did not notice anything untoward.
For 30 minutes police trail the suspect as he changes trains five times with no apparent destination. He again appears to press up against a woman — but when approached by officers she cannot confirm that an offence has taken place.
The footage shows officers stop the suspect, who is taken by surprise and cannot give a clear answer as to where he is going. They have strong suspicions a lewd act has taken place, but cannot press charges. Officer Steve says: ‘I’m devastated. He’s clearly ejaculated in his trousers. But no offence was seen.’
As there was no complaint made, the BTP officers have to let the suspect go.
Steve told 5 News: ‘It’s frustrating because you know he’s out there doing something and you know it’s going to lead to more. We’ve had a chat with him. Hopefully that’s a warning shot across his bows, to make him stop doing what he’s doing.’
BTP urges anyone subject to unwanted sexual behaviour to text them on 61016 or dial 999. The footage airs tonight on 5 News at 5pm and 6.30pm.