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Manhunt underway after woman is sexually assaulted in front of her kids

Image released by the police of the man they wish to speak to
Image released by the police of the man they wish to speak to

A man who sexually assaulted a woman in front of her two young children is being hunted by police.

He approached the 24-year-old as she and her children waited for a bus at Bow Church in east London and made sexual remarks towards her.

Police said he then approached another woman at the bus stop, on Wednesday June 15, and sexually assaulted her before returning to the first victim, grabbing her hand and forcing it towards his groin area.

He then got on the same bus as her and sat nearby, making inappropriate comments and telling her he was going to follow her home.

Officers have now released CCTV images of the man in a bid to track him down. He is black, aged about 45 to 50, 6ft, with dreadlocks and he was wearing a Rastafarian hat and a black jacket.

The woman got off the bus near Green Street some time after 4.30pm and called her ex-partner, who came to meet her.

Detective Constable Alastair Middleton, from the Metropolitan Police's roads and transport policing command, said: "This incident left the woman including her two young children feeling very distressed and we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry to trace the man responsible.

"We are also aware that the man made inappropriate comments as well as sexually assaulting another member of the public during this time and we urge them to contact the police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via on 101 and ask for Mr Middleton, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.