CCTV footage captured 21-year-old Samuel Creed touching the feet of two separate women. He was heard telling one victim, “I bet you wish you had a boyfriend like me to do this to you at night”, while he squeezed her ankle. The incident, which took place in May 2021, also saw Creed ask the woman questions about her shoes, which he touched without her consent.
Police identified Creed on CCTV, as he had previously been banned from speaking to fellow rail passengers.
The ban was put in place after an incident of sexual assault at a station in February 2020.
Creed, of Park Road, Suffolk, was sentenced to 26 months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court on January 19.
Speaking about the case, Detective Sergeant Hayley Whyte said that the incident proves the perpetrator’s “danger to society”.
She added that the police force is “committed to making sure women feel safer”.
She said: “Breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order and continuing to prey on women on the railway network evidently proves Creed’s intent and danger to society, which is why I’m pleased to see him behind bars.
“No one should be made to feel scared or uncomfortable whilst travelling, and we are committed to making sure women, in particular, feel safer on the network.
“We absolutely will not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.
“If you experience or witness anything, we urge you to report it to us by texting 61016.
“We will always take you seriously.”
This comes as reports of sexual harassment on public transport grew by 63 percent last Summer across the UK, compared to before the pandemic.
The British Transport Police (BTP) received 421 reports of harassment between April and October, up from 259 over the same period in 2019.
BTP said it was creating a “hostile environment” for sexual harassment.
Speaking in the wake of the figures, Detective Chief Inspector Sarah White said: “Sexual harassment is anything that makes you or anybody else feel uncomfortable with a sexual element.
“We need to work together with the community to tackle this behaviour and create this hostile environment to discourage people from behaving in this manner.
“If you look at the root cause of some the behaviours around sexual assault it all stems from sexual harassment.”