A PASSENGER on a bus in Somerset sexually assaulted a woman he was sitting next to.

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to identify as they believe he may have information about the incident.

The attack took place on the number 77 bus from Street to Yeovil on Wednesday, March 2, between 1pm and 2pm.

Police say the victim was "inappropriately touched by a man sat next to her".

The offender is described as white, of medium build, aged in his 60s and approximately 6ft tall.

He had grey hair and a greying beard and wore a tan/light brown hooded coat, a hat, black trousers and light brown boots.

He was also carrying a large white tote bag.

Anyone who has any information about the incident or who recognises the man in the CCTV image is asked to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 giving the call handler the reference number 5222052000.

Alternatively you can complete the force's online appeals form.

Or you can give information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its anonymous online form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Meanwhile, a pilot for a new online tool to allow people to flag places where they have felt unsafe has been launched by the Government with support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Hosted on the national policing website police.uk and aimed primarily at women and girls, StreetSafe, will enable people to anonymously drop a pin onto a map and describe factors that caused them concern, including behavioural or environmental reasons why they felt unsafe.

The information will be used alongside other key data by policing in partnership with stakeholders, to deliver improved wellbeing and safety for communities.

StreetSafe is not a reporting tool. If you have an incident to report to police, contact them via the force website or by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.