Police have released CCTV from a bus in Maypole after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted on her way to school.
The man in the CCTV is alleged to have touched the 15-year-old as he sat next to her just before 8am on Wednesday 19 March on the number 50 bus, travelling towards Maypole.
The young girl eventually fled from the bus in fear and has been unable to use the service again.
DC Warren Moore from the Project Empower team at Safer Travel said: “This assault has had a lasting effect on the young girl, she is unable to use this service through fear of this happening again.
“We need to identify the person responsible to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else, particularly young girls as they travel to school.”
The man police would like to speak to is described as Asian, around 40-years-old, around 5 feet 6 inches tall and stockily built. He was wearing a high-vis jacket and a black beanie hat with sunglasses. He was already on the bus at Balsall Heath and travelled further than Druids Heath.
Project Empower sees officers from West Midlands Police’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) working as part of the Safer Travel Partnership to fast-track enquiries into complaints like sexual touching, lewd comments and indecent exposure.
Working from the Birmingham HQ of transport authority Centro – in Summer Lane – they’ll have access to a network of CCTV cameras covering the bus and rail network to help them swiftly identify offenders.
Empower will also see public transport staff – including drivers and conductors – trained to spot the tactics used by sex offenders, support passengers who’ve been targeted and report suspicious behaviour.
Anyone who recognises the suspect should contact DC Moore on 101, or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.