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The Metropolitan Police Service's Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) has secured two more prosecutions against two men who sexually assaulted women on buses.
This is part of ongoing commitment to improve the levels of reporting among victims of sexual offences and to create an environment on the capital's transport network which does not tolerate intimidation and sexual harassment.
Shah Ahmed, 35, (08.01.1980) of Ethel Road, E16 was sentenced to one year's imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 100 hours of a sexual offences programme at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 12 January. This sentence follows the trial which concluded on 8 October 2014, at which he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 26-year-old woman on a bus in Oxford Street in October 2013.
Kamran Amperipour, 46, (27.07.1968) of Warwick Road, W14 was sentenced on Friday, 16 January 2015 to 18 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty to sexual assault. The court heard how Amperipour sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl travelling on a bus in Willesden Green in March 2014. He was also given a supervision order for 12 months and is subject to notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for seven years.
In both cases, CCTV from buses was used to help identify the offenders.
Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "These convictions highlight our commitment to tackling sexual offences on London's buses. We take all reports of sexual offences on buses seriously and are committed to bringing offenders to justice.
"If someone has made you feel uncomfortable on your bus journey, however minor it may seem to you, reporting it to police can help us target the perpetrator and prevent it from happening to another passenger."
Siwan Hayward, TfL's Deputy Director of Enforcement and On-Street Operations, said: "We care about our customers - their safety and security is our top priority. Although very few ever experience or witness crime on our network, the disgusting and predatory actions of these two individuals is inexcusable. I hope these sentences reassure our customers that we will not tolerate unwanted sexual behaviour of any kind, and we are determined to completely remove this type of behaviour from our network and ensure it remains a safe environment for all."
If you have been a victim of unwanted sexual behaviour on our network, I would urge you to report it to the police by calling 101 or texting 61016. You will always be taken seriously, and we will work with our policing partners to do all we can to investigate and catch the perpetrator.