Men could be persecuted for giving women funny looks if their hands are on their laps but under a satchel

Richmond & Kingston Informer
Friday 6 November 2009

Police hunt for train man suspected of an indecent act

Police want to speak to this man [photo in report], who is suspected of committing an indecent act on a Barnes to Richmond train last month.

A 21 year old woman from Barnes boarded the train at4.35pm on October 2 and noticed the man sitting opposite was staring at her throughout the journey.

Investigating officer Marie Jeffrey said: "As he was nearly reached her destination, she realised the man had started indecently touching himself beneath his satchel while continuing to stare at her."

The woman got off the train at Richmond, while the man is thought to have travelled to Whitton.

PC Jeffrey added: "This was a very distressing incident for the victim and I am appealing for anyone who knows the man in the the picture to contact us."

Anyone with information can contact the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Oh dear. This is the first time I have ever felt sorry for someone suspected of masturbating on a train. He may not have been and even if he was, I would find it rather flattering that some man should choose to stare at me while masturbating, when there are so many much younger and more attractive women to stare at. I certainly would not take the time and trouble to complain of this experience to an over-zealous Investigating Officer who would rather deal with this sort of thing than catch criminals, and who should have known this is a non-crime because it does not even fulfill the elements of indecent exposure, ie the intentional exposure of one's body's privates in a manner that gives offense against accepted or prescribed behavior.

I urge us all to defy this ridiculous and oppressive non-law and call for the resignation of Marie Jeffrey by staring at each other on trains and mysteriously moving our hands under our shopping bags, briefcases and satchels ...

“indecent act” under the Sexual Offences Act 2006 means any unlawful intentional act which causes-

a) any contact between the genital organs of a person, his or her breasts and buttocks with that of another person;

b) exposure or display of any pornographic material to any person against his or her will, but does not include an act which causes penetration;


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