Beach bum re­turns for flash dash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

PO­LICE are search­ing for a naked man seen ex­pos­ing him­self on Four Mile Beach in re­cent weeks.

Beach­go­ers have de­scribed the man to be in his 30s, with short dark hair, tanned skin and a mus­cu­lar build walk­ing around naked - the same de­scrip­tion of the flasher re­ported in Oc­to­ber last year.

The man has been seen naked three times in the last six weeks walk­ing along Four Mile Beach, past the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage and into the car park area.

He has been seen on some oc­ca­sions with a towel around his waist but ap­pears to be quite com­fort­able re­mov­ing it.

Four Mile res­i­dent Jilly Skin­ner, who spot­ted the man last Oc­to­ber, had two English back­pack­ers in their 20s ques­tion her about the man af­ter see­ing him ex­pose him­self on the beach dur­ing their hol­i­day.

“The girls were in shock - they were ab­so­lutely mor­ti­fied and when they de­scribed the man to me I knew it was the same man I saw be­cause his de­scrip­tion fit­ted to a T,” she said. “I re­mem­ber ex­actly what he looks like I could al­most draw a pic­ture of him, in­clud­ing his white but­tocks.

“The po­lice re­ally need to do some­thing about it be­cause when it comes into the busy sea­son there are go­ing to be a lot of fam­i­lies with young chil­dren down on the beach. It is not safe.”

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Alan Dempsey said that po­lice are un­able to iden­tify the man and are un­sure if he is a “nat­u­ral­ist”.

“Even though the man may ap­pear to be harm­less to the com­mu­nity it is still an of­fence to ex­po­sure your­self in pub­lic,” he said.

“He has not been re­ported do­ing any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties how­ever we are try­ing to iden­tify him so we can speak to him about it.

“You can be fined for ex­pos­ing your ’bits and pieces’ but he does not ap­pear to be ap­proach­ing any­one.”

Any­one who sees a naked man around the beach is urged to con­tact the Port Dou­glas po­lice on 4087 1999.

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