Women warned of train sex attacker at Flemington, Homebush

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Women warned of train sex attacker at Flemington, Homebush

 May 14, 2009 05:36pm

POLICE are warning the public to be vigilant in and around train stations at Flemington and Homebush following two separate reports of women being assaulted by a man early this week.

In the first incident about 11.10pm on Monday (11 May), a 22-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man near a train station at Flemington. The woman was robbed of her hand-bag before being indecently assaulted.

About half an hour later, a 23-year-old woman was approached in a similar manner near a train station at Homebush before being sexually assaulted.

Strike Force Pendlebury comprises police from the Flemington Local Area Command and has been established to investigate the two incidents, which police believe may be linked.

Police are seeking a man described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his early twenties, of medium build, with shoulder-length black hair.

Flemington Local Area Commander Superintendent Brett Henderson said, “We are urging women to be vigilant when walking in and around the Flemington and Homebush areas, particularly around train stations and public transport routes.

“Strike Force Pendlebury detectives will continue to thoroughly investigate these incidents and will dedicate all necessary resources.

“Anyone with information about these incidents or who may have information about anyone acting suspiciously around transport networks, is urged to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” Superintendent Henderson said.

Public transport safety tips:
• Avoid waiting on your own - try to wait for public transport near other people and in well-lit areas at night.

• Walk with other commuters when you disembark – walk with other commuters in order to reach your destination safely.

• Be alert and confident - be alert and aware of your surroundings and make eye contact with others.

• Plan your route - plan your route before you depart. Check bus and train timetables and connections to avoid any unnecessary delays.

• Keep your belongings secure - carry your handbag or other personal belongings securely in front of your body.

• Park close to transport points - always park your vehicle in a well-lit area as close as possible to your transport points. When you disembark, take a well-used, well-lit route back to your vehicle.

• Always carry a mobile phone or phone card - when you are out and about, make sure you always have your mobile phone, a phone card, or spare change with you in case of an emergency. Make sure you keep your mobile phone in a secure place close to your body.

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