A man who sexually assaulted a woman and a teenage girl on trams in Manchester has been jailed for three years.

Tahir Ali aged 37, of Lees, Oldham, was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order that will ban him from any Metrolink tram, platform or car park.

Ali was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault at Manchester Crown Court after his offending was uncovered following an investigation by our Transport Unit.

Ali intentionally touched the two females in a sexual manner on trams in the city centre despite being challenged.

Working closely with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), an investigation commenced into the reports with analysis of CCTV and witness and victim accounts from the tram network and platform.

Ali was identified from CCTV images, and charged and remanded.

PC Matthew Cowin, of GMP’s Transport Unit, said: “This sentence shows our commitment to keep passengers safe and in the knowledge they can use the transport network without any concerns around their safety.

“Violence against women and girls will not be tolerated, and our proactive patrols are the reason we provide visible enforcement and reassurance to all passengers.

“This investigation and the bravery of the victims to report and recount their experiences have ensured we have been able to apply and be granted a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which has strict restrictions in place to prevent re-offending due to the risk he poses because of his behaviour.


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