Police step up patrols after third indecent exposure in North Tyneside

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Extra police are on patrol in North Tyneside after a third report of an indecent exposure in the last few days.

The latest incident happened yesterday at 5.15pm when a woman who was walking her dogs in Rising Sun Country Park, Wallsend, was approached by a man who exposed himself to her before making off towards Kings Road North.

The man is described as being of slim build and had dark hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top with the hood pulled up.

There have been two other reports of a man exposing himself in North Tyneside this week.

The first happened at 8.10am on Monday, on Kings Road South, Wallsend, and the second at 8.15am on Tuesday, on Whitehouse Lane, North Shields.

Detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents are linked and are carrying out undercover patrols and house-to-house inquiries.

Chief Inspector, Steve Readdie said: "This is the third incident we have received of a man exposing himself in the Wallsend and North Shields area in recent days and obviously we are concerned.

"We are not ruling out that the same man may be responsible for the offences and we have both uniformed and undercover officers on patrol in the areas to try and catch the offender as quickly as possible.

"Although no attempts have been made to touch any of the victims, they have been incredibly distressing for the women involved and we want to find this man and put a stop to this.

"To reassure local residents we have extra officers carrying out patrols in the area where these offences have taken place and we want anyone with any information that could help us identify this man to speak to us."

Anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 170 28/04/16