Hunt for serial flasher targeting women and children in Leeds

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Police are looking for a serial flasher who is thought to be behind a string of incidents in a Leeds suburb.

The same man is thought to have exposed himself to women and children in the Wortley area in five separate incidents in six weeks.

Inspector Dan Wood, who leads the outer west neigbourhood policing team, said: “Incidents of this nature will understandably cause concern in the community and we would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to identify and arrest the person responsible.

“Officers will be focusing extra patrols into the area to provide a visible deterrent and reassurance to local people.”

The first incident was on Wednesday, April 29, when a man exposed himself to a boy and girl as they played in a garden in Leysholme Crescent.

He was described as white, aged in his late teens to twenties, slim, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short dark brown hair. He was wearing light-coloured clothing, possibly a white top.

On May 13 a 30-year-old woman was with her children in the play area at Wortley Recreation Ground when she noticed a man standing on a footbridge about 100 metres away. He had his trousers round his ankles and was committing a lewd act. He was described as white with dark hair.

Six days later a woman reported a man openly committing a lewd act at Wortley Beck, off the Ring Road. He was said to be white, aged in his thirties, wearing a dark woolly hat, dark trousers, a white shirt and a dark jacket.

On June 6 a 40-year-old woman reported seeing a man committing a lewd act as he walked down Heights Drive. He was described as white, aged in his thirties, with short dark hair. He was wearing a blue tracksuit.

Finally, on June 11, a 45-year-old woman who was walking her dog at Cabbage Hill saw a man in the distance exposing himself and committing a lewd act. He was described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, aged in his twenties, very thin, with short dark hair.

Insp Wood said: “We believe these incidents may be linked based on them having happened in the same general area and due to similarities in the description of the offender.

“We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they have seen this man or who has any information that could assist us in identifying him.”

Anyone with informations should call the NPT at Pudsey Police Station via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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