Cops are hunting for a woman they believe tried to lure an eight-year-old boy away from his family to carry out a sex act at a busy train station.
The suspect tried to get the youngster to engage in sexual activity after accosting him while he was sitting with his family at Waterloo station in London, police said.
The schoolboy's mother heard the sexually explicit comment the woman made to her son and confronted her, causing the suspect to walk away.
British Transport Police (BTP) said the woman approached the young lad as he sat on a bench with his family and tried to coax him away, before making the sexual comment to him, just before 8pm on December 22.
Detectives probing the incident have now released CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to as they believe she might have information that could help their inquiries.
The woman is wearing a yellow coat and black trousers and shoes with a face mask on and carrying a black bag.
Cops want to identify her and speak to her in connection with the incident as she may hold vital information, they said.
A spokesperson for British Transport Police said in a statement: "Officers investigating an incident during which a woman made a sexually explicit comment to a child are releasing CCTV images in connection.
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"At just before 8pm on Wednesday December 22,2021, a woman approached an 8-year-old child who was sat on a bench at Waterloo station with his family.
"The woman then made an effort to lure the child away from his family before making a sexually explicit comment to him.
"The child's mother heard the comment and confronted the woman who then walked away from the victim and his family.
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"Officers believe the woman in the CCTV images may have information which could help their investigation."
Anyone who recognises the woman, or has any information about the incident, can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 499 of 22/12/21 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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