POLICE are hunting for a man who stood just inches from a woman’s face as he sought to intimidate her aboard a Metro.
A British Transport Police (BTP) investigation is under way after the 19-year-old woman, from South Shields, was left shaken by the incident.
It happened at East Boldon Metro Station on Friday, February 15, at 5.15pm as she waited to board a South Hylton to Newcastle Airport Service.
One of two men began whistling and staring at the woman, making her feel uneasy, until he eventually began to shout insults at her.
PC Mark Bradwell, leading the investigation, described the incident.
He said: “The suspect walked to the platform at East Boldon Metro with another man, who was not involved in this incident, and they waited for a Metro train.
“The victim, a 19-year-old woman from South Shields, was on the same platform waiting for the same train, when she became aware of one of the men staring and whistling at her, making her feel uncomfortable.
“They boarded the train in the same carriage, via different doors, before the man walked down the carriage and stood a short distance from the woman, continuing to stare at her. He then stood in front of her, a few inches from her face.
“When she asked him to stop what he was doing, he shouted at her, leaving the woman feeling frightened and intimidated.
“She asked him to move away and leave her alone, at which point he shouted a string of insults at her, and appeared angry at her refusal to speak with him.”
The man then moved back to where his friend was and continued to stare at the victim, trying to make conversation with her. The man then left the train at Gateshead Interchange.
CCTV images have been released of a man officers are particularly keen to speak to, as it is believed he could have important information which could be vital to the investigation.
PC Bradwell said: “This was a frightening and intimidating experience for this young woman who did not know this man, and had done nothing to provoke or deserve the treatment she received.
“We are asking anyone who recognises the man in this picture to get in touch to assist us with our investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405 040 quoting background reference B10/NEA of 25/02/2013 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.