Girls tar­geted in two in­ci­dents


West Auck­land po­lice are on a man­hunt after two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents of in­de­cent ex­po­sure tar­geted at young girls.

The first in­ci­dent hap­pened on March 24 be­tween 4pm and 4.15pm.

Two girls, both aged 12, were in the Block­house Bay Recre­ational Re­serve on Whit­ney St when they were ap­proached by a man who ex­posed him­self and touched one of them.

They made a quick get­away.

The man was de­scribed as aged late 20s to early 30s, white with tanned skin and tall. He was said to be slim with dark brown hair and a short dark beard.

He was wear­ing a dark blue cap, a red short-sleeved t-shirt with blue block let­ters on the front and wear­ing ei­ther light blue knee length shorts or dark blue jeans.

The se­cond in­ci­dent hap­pened a few days later at 3.30pm on March 28.

Two girls, again both aged 12, were walk­ing along the western side of Hills­bor­ough Rd, op­po­site the Hills­bor­ough ceme­tery.

As they walked be­tween Richard­son Rd and Goodall St they saw a man in the bushes across the road.

He fol­lowed them, walk­ing at the same pace and stay­ing in the bushes di­rectly across the road from them.

He then pulled down his pants and ex­posed him­self to the girls who quickly ran home.

That man was de­scribed as be­ing white, in his late 20s, with dark brown hair and stub­ble on his face.

He was de­scribed as be­ing of slim build, wear­ing a dark blue cap with a dark grey t-shirt.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Mar­cia Mur­ray said there was a strong pos­si­bil­ity the two in­ci­dents were linked.

‘‘We are now ask­ing for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who may have in­for­ma­tion which can as­sist po­lice to con­tact us. It may be some­thing mi­nor that you have seen but we want to hear about it.’’

Po­lice have in­creased pa­trols around the area.

‘‘The be­hav­iour of this man is un­ac­cept­able and we want to iden­tify and lo­cate him as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We also want to re­mind our com­mu­nity that if they are in a sit­u­a­tion where they feel un­safe to call 111 as soon as they can,’’ Mur­ray said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Avon­dale CIB on 09 820 5784 or con­tact Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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