POLICE have issued an image of a man they would like to speak to following a series of indecent exposure offences in the Kingsbridge area.
Officers would like to identify the man concerned in connection with a number of exposure and 'outraging public decency' acts in the area over the past three months.
Two of the offences took place in West Alvington Woods, while five have occurred in Kingsbridge town centre itself – predominantly around Cookworthy Road, close to the Tesco supermarket.
They have all taken place since May 26 and those in the centre of Kingsbridge have all taken place on a Saturday or a Sunday, often in the early hours. In all of the cases, the man has exposed himself to women.
Commented Inspector Neil Ralph said: “I would like to emphasise that no assault of any kind has taken place during these offences and also that none of the women were approached.
“However, I am extremely keen to identify the man in the Evofit image and I would urge anyone who may recognise him to come forward to the Police.”
Local officers have conducted targetted patrols in the area and policing resources such as the increased use of dog handlers have been utilised to provide public reassurance.
The witness to the most recent offence in West Alvington Woods was able to give a good description of the man and was also able to see the offender get into a distinctive type of vehicle – a silver pick-up 4x4-type car with a silver cab and an open flat bed at the back. The suspect is also described as being in his late 20s and having short, sandy-coloured hair. It is also possible that he could have some kind of speech impediment.
Said Inspector Ralph: “I would appeal to members of the public to contact the Police if they know anyone who may resemble the man in the imageand/or may have access to a vehicle similar to the one described."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111, quoting reference