Woke British Transport Police REFUSE to say whether a sex crime suspect exposed male or female genitals to teenage girls on a train: Anger as force issues CCTV of person in wig and skirt but claim they ‘don’t need to say’ if they are seeking a man or woman
- A person exposed themselves and made lewd gestures to two girls on a train
- They committed the act at Theale railway station in Berkshire in September
- British Transport Police have been blasted for not saying the gender of offender
British Transport Police have been criticised after refusing to say the gender of a person who exposed their genitals to two teenagers at a railway station.
Police officers released CCTV images of a purple-wigged dress-wearing person stating they may be able to help their investigation into the incident which took place at Theale station, Berkshire.
The grainy images show the person wearing a purple wig, black sunglasses, a blue jumper, a skirt and backpack.
However online users have blasted the police force for not clarifying if the offender is a man or a woman.
One person tweeted at British Transport Police saying they must know their gender – as the victims would have told them which gender the person was after ‘they were cruelly exposed to their genitals’.
Officers investigating an incident in which a person exposed their genitals to two teenagers at Theale station, Berkshire, are releasing CCTV images in connection
Officers believe the person in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation
Just before 3pm on September 2, two teenage girls, aged 15 and 16, were sat on-board a train at the station when someone on the platform approached the train’s window.
As the train started the depart the station the person exposed their genitals to the two teenagers before making lewd hand gestures in their direction.
They then walked into a shelter at the station and masturbated.
Officers have said the person in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation.
One user tweeted that BTP ‘are too worried about offending a pervert to provide an accurate description of him.’
While Deb pointed out people would be able to discount around half of the population by knowing the gender of the person in the picture.
Twitter users were angry at British Transport Police for failing to name the gender of the person in the CCTV image
Online many people shared their opinion that the person pictured was a man and called on the police to issue a clarification.
British Transport Police said: ‘We published this CCTV appeal as part of an investigation into a sexual offence on the railway against two teenagers. The individual shown in the CCTV image may have information which could assist the investigation and bring a sexual offender to justice.
‘At this stage of the investigation, our priority is to speak to the individual. It is not necessary for us to add any further descriptors – we just want to identify the individual in the picture and would encourage anyone with information to assist with this.
‘We are committed to tackling violence against women and girls across the rail and underground network.’
MailOnline has further asked British Transport Police what form of genitals the suspect is alleged to have exposed to the teenage girls.
If you recognise them, or have any information, contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 2200089694.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.