Man arrested after teen was touched ‘inappropriately’ at bus stop


A 40-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead has been arrested in connection with a bus stop encounter which left a teenage girl distressed.

The 16-year-old victim was ‘upset’ after a man attempted to touch her as she waited for a bus in the town on the night of Saturday, July 26.

Police are still appealing for witnesses and information about the incident, which occurred near the Santander bank in Marlowes.

The offender approached the young victim at around 6.55pm and tried to engage her in conversation.

Police said a woman and child approached the bus stop and sat at the other end of the row of seats at this time.

The teen returned at around 7.30pm but waited at the bank for her bus. The man was still there and this time tried to touch her inappropriately.

Det Con Ailsa Turnbull, investigating, said: “This was an extremely distressing incident for the young victim and I would encourage anyone who saw what happened to contact me.

“I am particularly keen to hear from the man who went to help the victim and the two women who were in the area prior to the incident taking place.”

Det Con Peter Spiers has since renewed the witness appeal, following the arrest of a man on August 30. He has been released on police bail until September 29.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Det Con Turnbull or Det Con Spiers using the police non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number D1/14/4507.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.