Woman who fell asleep on train to Edinburgh wakes to find naked man next to her

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Police have launched an appeal for help from the general public after a woman awoke to find a naked man sitting beside her on a train. Reports say the woman was travelling from Polmont, Falkirk, to Edinburgh Waverley station in Scotland at around 7:21am on the morning of 20 April (last Thursday). When she came to shortly afterwards, a nude man was sat beside her.

British Transport Police have said it is treating the incident as a case of "public indecency" and said the man later put jogging bottoms and a T-shirt on before getting off the train at Edinburgh Waverley.

The suspect is described as being white, of medium/slim build, between the ages of 65 to 70 and around 5ft 6 inches tall. It's reported that he has short grey hair and a stubbly beard.

Research carried out in 2021 found that the number of sexual harassment and sexual offences occurring on public transport increased by 63% compared to pre-pandemic figures. Cuts to station staff and the British Transport Police were described as being "counter-productive" in the face of keeping women and girls safe whilst travelling on trains, tubes, trams or buses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 or by texting 61016 – with reference 2300044058 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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