Could it be same per­son as last year?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Calls For Vigilance -

This is not the first time po­lice have hunted a man in Ash­ford for flash­ing at young girls.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, four sep­a­rate e-fit im­ages were re­leased in the search for one man be­lieved to be re­spon­si­ble for four re­ports of in­de­cent ex­po­sure close to Ash­ford schools.

The im­ages were based on wit­ness de­scrip­tions, and de­spite some dif­fer­ences, po­lice linked all the in­ci­dents and said they were search­ing for one man.

The first sight­ing hap­pened at a bus stop in Maid­stone Road, near High­worth Gram­mar School, where sev­eral young girls were wait­ing.

De­scribed as be­ing be­tween 20 to 25-years-old and wear­ing jeans and a T-shirt, the man was re­ported to have been touch­ing him­self.

The next day on Kingsnorth Road, close to The John Wal­lis Academy, a man – wear­ing no trousers – drove along­side an 11-year-old girl and asked her for di­rec­tions to Ash­ford town cen­tre.

Then, on Jan­uary 14, a 12-year-old girl was wait­ing at a bus stop at the junction of Quan­tock Road and Maid­stone Road when a white Ford van drove up and stopped. The girl saw the driver pull his trousers down and touch him­self.

The fi­nal in­ci­dent hap­pened on Jan­uary 15 when two girls, aged 11 and 12, were wait­ing at the bus stop op­po­site the Tesco fill­ing sta­tion in Park Farm when a white van pulled up.

The driver was seen per­form­ing a sex act.

When asked if po­lice were link­ing the 2014 in­ci­dents with the ones this month, a spokesman said: “We are keep­ing an open mind as to whether or not the re­cent in­ci­dents are linked to the ones last year.”

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