Man jailed after sexually assaulting two women on trams in Manchester city centre

He has also been handed an indefinite Metrolink ban.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 14th May 2024

A man from Oldham who sexually assaulted two women on trams in Manchester city centre has been handed a jail sentence.

Tahir Ali, who is from the Lees area of Oldham, appeared at Manchester Crown Court last Friday (10 May 2024) and was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault after his offending and reprehensible actions were uncovered following a thorough investigation by Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) dedicated Transport Unit.

The 37-year-old was found to have “intentionally touched two females in a sexual manner” on trams in Manchester city centre, despite being challenged, GMP explained.

A police investigation into the reports made regarding Ali’s actions was subsequently opened, and GMP worked closely with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the case – with analysis of CCTV, and witness and victim statements from the tram network and platform, all being carried out and taken into account.

During this investigation, Ali was identified from CCTV images, and then went onto be charged and remanded.

A man from Oldham who sexually assaulted two women on trams in Manchester city centre has been jailed / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

After being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault, Ali has now been sentenced to three years in jail, and has also ben given an indefinite ‘Sexual Harm Prevention Order’ that bans him from any Metrolink tram, platform, or car park in Greater Manchester.

“This sentence shows our commitment to keep passengers safe,” commented PC Matthew Cowin, of GMP’s Transport Unit.


“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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“Working alongside TfGM we encourage all passengers to report any incidents directly to officers and staff in person, or by calling 101, in full confidence.”

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