Hunt for Leeds serial flasher

INCIDENT: The street where the girls were approached by the man.

INCIDENT: The street where the girls were approached by the man.

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A serial flasher is targeting young girls in Leeds as police trawl through CCTV in the hunt to corner the sex pest.

The pervert flashed at three young girls within an hour. The same man is suspected to have approached a woman in the same area of Alwoodley, Leeds, the previous day.

Detective are combing CCTV and making house-to-house inquiries in the search for clues to the pervert’s identity.

It is believed police are reviewing other similar incidents to see whether there may be any connection.

Officers have appealed for witnesses to contact them urgently and have alerted local residents to be on their guard.

The latest incidents occurred in the Wigton Lane area of Alwoodley, when around 5pm on April 5 the man, in a small black car, pulled up alonside two 12-year-old girls in High Ash Drive and asked for directions.

While he was talking to the girls, the man exposed himself then drove off.

Just an hour later a man also in a small black car approached a 15-year-old girl in Wigton Lane in similar circumstances and flashed at the teenager.

As a result of investigations in the area officers have spoken to a woman aged in her 50s who was approached by a man in High Ash Avenue.

The suspect is white, in his 20s with short, dark hair.

Anyone who has information should call the Roundhay, Alwoodley and Moortown Neighbourhood Policing Team via the 101 non emergency number.

The mother of one of the 12-year-old girls told the Yorkshire Evening Post her daughter and a girl friend, who were on holiday from school, had visited a local park and were on their way to call for a friend when they were approached by the man in the car. The man, who was wearing a light blue T-shirt and dark blue jeans, asked for directions to nearby Harrogate Road. He then flashed at them, they ran off and the man drove off towards Wigton Lane, she said.

“I am appalled by what happened. I ask people to come forward and contact the police,” she said.

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