AR­REST IN SE­RIAL FLASHER HUNT

23-year-old sus­pect bailed on sus­pi­cion of in­de­cent ex­po­sure

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sa­man­tha Wil­liams saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk @SamWil­liamsKM

A man has been ar­rested fol­low­ing re­ports girls and women were be­ing tar­geted by a se­rial flasher.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter a man was said to have in­de­cently ex­posed him­self four times in one week across var­i­ous spots in Ash­ford.

An ap­peal to find the sus­pect was made last week by Ash­ford Dis­trict Com­man­der Ch Insp Mitchell Fox, who asked peo­ple to be more vig­i­lant than usual.

Now, po­lice have ar­rested a 23-year-old man from the Ash­ford area on sus­pi­cion of in­de­cent ex­po­sure.

He has been bailed un­til Novem­ber 9 while in­quiries con­tinue.

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

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

The third and fourth in­ci­dents both hap­pened at a bus stop in Langney Drive, in the Sin­gle­ton area, on Sun­day, Septem­ber 13, when a man ex­posed him­self to girls – the youngest only 12.

Po­lice also re­leased a de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect and said they were link­ing all four of­fences.

Ch Insp Fox has now said offic- ers are keep­ing an open mind as to whether the of­fences in Ash­ford are con­nected to sev­eral in­ci­dents in Maid­stone in which a man re­port­edly ex­posed him­self to school­child­ren.

He said: “We are li­ais­ing with of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing three re­ports of a man act­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately in Maid­stone and are keep­ing an open mind as to whether or not they are linked to the Ash­ford of­fences.”

He said peo­ple should still be on the look­out, adding: “We are ask­ing peo­ple to be more vig­i­lant than usual and to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour, no mat­ter how triv­ial it may seem.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 01843 222289 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111 quot­ing ref­er­ence ZY/028624/15.

Ch Insp Mitchell Fox is keep­ing an open mind about whether of­fences in Maid­stone are linked

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