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Do you recognise this man sought over indecency on Crawley buses?

Do you know this man?

Sussex Police are seeking the identity of a man in connection with reports of indecent behaviour in the presence of two young girls on two buses in Crawley.

The first incident happened at 4.05pm on Wednesday 29 June on the number 3 bus as it passed through Gossops Green. The suspect acted indecently in the presence of the passenger, who was not touched and was able to get off the bus.

The second incident was at 4.50pm on Saturday 2 July as the number 3 bus passed though Pound Hill. The suspect again acted indecently and also touched the leg of the passenger with his hand. She was also able to remove herself from the bus safely and without injury.

Both incidents are believed to involve the same man, who is unknown to either of the victims and had seated himself near them.

Detective Constable James Butcher said: “These incidents were very distressing for the victims but they were able to promptly report what had happened. They and their parents are being supported by our officers as we continue to investigate.

“The behaviour of this man is very concerning, causing clear alarm and distress. He is described as being aged in his late 20s or early 30s, with a beard, wearing a light blue/grey coloured ‘Hoodrich’ hooded tracksuit and carrying a small suitcase, with extended carrying handles.

“Anyone who recognises him, who has witnessed any similar suspicious behaviour locally or has any other information, is asked to report online or call 101, quoting serial 1093 of 29/06.”

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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