A man who forced two teenage boys off a Brixton bus to fight each other, steal from a nearby shop and then made one perform a sex act on the other is being hunted by police.
Detectives from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following the incident earlier this month.
Two teenagers and the suspect boarded a Route 133 bus in Brixton and sat on the top deck at around 7.55pm on February 11.
During the journey the suspect approached the boys and claimed he had a knife, before threatening them and forcing them off the bus in the Elephant and Castle area.
The boys were led to a Newington Butts park where they were forced to fight each other and steal from a nearby shop.
The suspect then led them to the stairwell of a Walworth block of flats where he forced one of the boys to perform a sex act on the other.
The suspect then walked away from the area in an unknown direction.
Trainee Detective Constable Amy Beautridge said: “This was a most unusual crime and distressing crime, during which the two young victims were terrified by threats made by the suspect, who intimated he was in possession of a knife.
“He used their fear to control them and force them to effectively do as he said.
“Despite their young age the victims have been incredibly brave in coming forward and providing information to the police and I would praise them for this.
“I am very keen to identify and speak to the person in the CCTV image we have released today, and I would urge anyone who recognises him to call the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.
“I would also like to reassure anyone concerned about contacting the police that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8721 4621, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.