PAR­ENTS WARNED OF SE­RIAL FLASHER

Bus stop per­vert ex­poses him­self four times in a week School is­sues warn­ing as young girls and women tar­geted

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Po­lice are hunt­ing a se­rial flasher who is prey­ing on young girls and women in Ash­ford.

They have re­ceived four sep­a­rate re­ports of a man ex­pos­ing him­self in three dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the town in the space of a week.

Two of the in­ci­dents were re­ported to have hap­pened on Mon­day last week, with the other two al­leged to have taken place on Sun­day.

Of­fi­cers have linked the in­ci­dents – three of which took place at bus stops – and are ap­peal­ing to the public to be vig­i­lant.

A pri­mary school close to where one of the in­ci­dents took place has also sent out mes­sages to par­ents ad­vis­ing them to take ex­tra care when trav­el­ling to and from school with their chil­dren.

The first in­ci­dent took place be­tween 4pm and 5pm on Mon­day, Septem­ber 7 when a man in­de­cently ex­posed him­self to a 13-year-old girl wait­ing at a bus stop in Moat­field Meadow, on the Park Farm es­tate.

He is de­scribed as white, around 25 years old with light brown short hair, and was wear­ing a blue puffer-style jacket and grey jog­ging bot­toms.

The same day, be­tween 7pm and 7.30pm, a man wear­ing denim jeans and a navy blue hoody ex­posed him­self to a woman in the play park in Mill Court, Ash­ford.

He is de­scribed as aged around 30 and of a slim build.

The third in­ci­dent took place on Sun­day when a white man, aged around 20 to 25 years old, ex­posed him­self to a 14-year-old girl at a bus stop in Langney Drive, in the Sin­gle­ton area, be­tween 9.45am and 9.55am.

The man was clean shaven, had short dark blond hair and is of a slim build.

Later that day, be­tween 11am and 11.15am, a man ex­posed him­self to three girls, aged 12 and 13, at the same bus stop in Langney Drive.

He is de­scribed as white, clean­shaven, of a slim build, with short straight brown hair.

He was wear­ing a blue-puffer­style body­warmer and blue denim jeans, and made off in the

‘We are ask­ing peo­ple to be more vig­i­lant than usual and re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour’

di­rec­tion of Cuckoo Lane.

On each oc­ca­sion the man is said to have ap­proached the vic­tims on foot.

The in­ci­dents are now all be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the po­lice.

Ash­ford’s Ch Insp Mitchell Fox said: “Tak­ing into ac­count the lo­ca­tions and the de­scrip­tions given by the vic­tims we are link­ing these four of­fences.

“We are ask­ing peo­ple to be more vig­i­lant than usual and to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour, no mat­ter how triv­ial it may seem at the time.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call Kent Po­lice on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111 quot­ing ref­er­ence ZY/028624/15.

The bus stop in Moat­field Meadow, Park Farm, is one of the ar­eas be­ing linked to the in­de­cent ex­po­sures

A man ex­posed him­self to a woman in the play park in Mill Court, above; the same thing hap­pened a 14-year-old girl stand­ing at the bus stop in Langney Drive

Chief In­spec­tor Mitchell Fox

Pic­ture: Wayne McCabe FM4013536

A 13-year-old girl was tar­geted at bus stop in Moat­field Meadow

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