Serial flasher hunted by police in Leeds after he preyed on girl, 12, in latest of seven incidents

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A man exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl who was playing with a friend in Wortley last night.

West Yorkshire Police are hunting the flasher after reports that a man, described as over 5ft 4ins tall with short brown hair, stood in bushes at the back of Windmill Rise watching the youngsters while exposing himself at around 7.30pm.

The girls saw the man again exposing himself as they walked home. He did not approach them and said nothing.

It is the latest in a series of seven reports, including one in which a 31-year-old woman, who was pushing her baby in a pushchair, noticed a man “committing a lewd act” in Western Flatts Park on Wednesday at around 1pm.

Earlier this month police appealed for information after five reports of a man exposing himself in public mainly around Wortley Recreation Ground, Western Flatts Park, Cabbage Hill and Wortley Beck between April 29 and June 11.

Inspector Dan Wood, who heads the Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We believe it is likely to be the same offender.

“This man is probably someone local to the area and we would still like to hear from anyone who thinks they know he is or who has any information that could assist us in identifying him.”

The 31-year-old woman, who witnessed the man exposing himself in Western Flatts Park this week, described him as white, thin, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair. He was wearing jogging bottoms and a dark tracksuit top.

Insp Wood added: “We have responded very quickly to both these recent incidents and had a large number of officers searching the area. We will be continuing to increase our patrols of the area to reassure the community.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team at Pudsey Police Station by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.