Flasher suspected of striking again

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A THIRD indecent exposure in North Tyneside in as many days is being investigated by police.

At 9:07pm on Monday, police received a report that a man had exposed himself to a woman while she was walking in West Street in Wallsend.

The man was standing behind a fence at the golf course at the junction of Dorset Avenue when he asked the woman the time.

She then noticed the man was not wearing any clothes and fled.

The man is described as being in his mid to late 20s and of average build and height.

Inquiries were carried out nearby, and officers in North Tyneside have also stepped up patrols in other locations where similar offences have taken place.

The News Guardian reported online yesterday how two incidents had been reported to police over the weekend.

One was of a man wearing nothing but a scarf appearing from bushes at Cobalt Business Park in North Shields on Saturday afternoon, and the other was of a man exposing himself to a woman walking her dog in New York Road in Shiremoor on Sunday morning.

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton, of the police’s North Tyneside area command, said: “We are not ruling out the possibility that this is linked to the other similar type of incidents that we have seen in the area recently.

“The victim was left shaken by what happened, and we really need to identify who is responsible and put a stop to these as soon as possible.

“I’d urge anyone with any information into this incident or anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously in trees, bushes or in public areas to contact police straight away, so we can respond immediately.”

Anyone with information about any of the offences is asked to contact officers in North Tyneside on the 101 non-emergency number, or alternatively to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Crimestoppers may offer a reward for information which leads to an arrest and charge.