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Jun 24 2014

Man pleads guilty to sexual assault in South Harrow

police_lantern_2-150x150Alan Pummell 56 (10/2/58) of Hardwicke Road, London pleaded guilty to sexual touching at Hendon Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 17 June. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Wood Green Crown Court in September.

On Friday, 13 June, a 12-year-old schoolgirl was on her way to catch her bus to school when she became aware of a man following her. He spoke to her briefly asking why she was looking sad. Pummell continued to follow the girl along Northolt Road when a woman witnessed him touching the girl and pulling her towards him.

The woman, seeing the girl upset, asked if she knew the man and she told her no. The woman then challenged the man who walked off.

The witness called police to report the matter, but didn’t have the name of the victim and agreed to attend the police station to provide a statement. When the girl got to school she told her teachers who also contacted police.

Officers from Harrow CID carried out an investigation. They scanned CCTV footage of the area and identified the suspect committing the offence.

[pullquote align=”left” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]”We were able to do everything in our power to arrest this dangerous man…”[/pullquote]On Monday, 16 June, the witness called police again, to say that she had seen the suspect near South Harrow market. He was then seen to board an east bound train at South Harrow underground station.

DC Sayed Quraishi and DC Josephine Mensah-Aggrey made their way to South Harrow where the witness was. They met the victim and then followed the train by car and called ahead to the supervisor at Park Royal Station to get the train stopped. The officers boarded the train at Park Royal with the witness who had identified the suspect who was then arrested.

DC Sayed Quaraishi said: “This was a random attack in broad daylight and we thank the witness for her brave intervention and reporting the matter to us. Thanks to her quick reaction we were able to do everything in our power to arrest this dangerous man at the earliest opportunity.”

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  1. Conerned Harrovian

    The young lady. the witness to the attack and the two detectives did a wonderful job bringing this pervert to justice. The streets of Harrow are now safer for school girls now this man has been removed from them.

    1. Nena

      The streets of Harrow are not safer, because one man has been removed. There are plenty more predators out there! But I agree, the police and the witness did a fantastic job of apprehending this person.

  2. sonoo malkani

    Fantastic work by Harrow Police.Excellent team work and full marks to the lady who intervened to help.The young lady also deserves praise.We need more team work and public stepping up to the plate to help our officers to put these perverts where they belong.Well done.Thanks for making Harrow safer.

  3. sonoo malkani

    Every criminal removed taken out of circulation is one criminal less and therefore one step more towards making Harrow safer,Nena.Of course,there is always more to do and our officers are out there ,doing their best to keep us out of harm’s way.

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