Man sentenced for sexual assault – Glasgow

A man has been sentenced for a sexual assault onboard a train between London Euston and Glasgow Central, following a British Transport Police Investigation.

Alexander Higgins, aged 54, of Rhymer Street, Glasgow pleaded guilty to section three of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009. On 31 March, a judge at Glasgow Sheriff Court sentenced him to a Sex Offences Order for a period of five years and he was given an 18-month Community Payback Order and a restriction of Liberty order where he will be managed by an electronic tag for 18 weeks.

Higgins sexually assaulted a woman on 8 August last year.

The victim’s husband reported it and BTP met the service and launched a full investigation.

BTP Inspector Chris Sutherland said: “Sexual assaults will not be tolerated on the rail network. Everyone has the right to travel and feel safe. We will continue to safeguard our communities by creating a hostile environment for offenders like Higgins.

“If you are a victim of, or a witness to, a sexual offence on the railway – I urge you to report it to BTP by texting 61016 or via the Railway Guardian app. We will always take you seriously.”