Witnesses sought after three indecent exposure incidents
27 Jan 2016 10:00 AM[View Full Size]
Police are appealing for information after an indecent exposure incident in Sunderland.
At 6.55pm on Tuesday, January 26, police were informed a man had gone into the back garden of a property in Nesburn Road in the Barnes Park area of the city.
The man made off when the occupant of the property saw him but officers are concerned as the man was naked from the waist down.
He was wearing a navy jacket with the hood up and socks and shoes.
In recent weeks there have been two previous reports of a man exposing himself in the area - the first incident was on Friday, January 15, at around 8.56pm in Ewing Road. The second incident happened on Wednesday, January 20 at 8.30am in Barnes Park Road.
Police believe it is the same man involved in all three incidents.
Detectives are carrying out enquiries to identify the man, including viewing CCTV and carrying out house to house enquiries.
Extra officers are also in the area to offer reassurance to the local community.
T/Superintendent Sarah Pitt said: "This is the third incident we have received of a man exposing himself in the Barnes Park area and obviously we are very concerned.
"We do believe these incidents are linked and it is the same man and it is really important we identify who he is, in light of the circumstances of the latest incident we're really asking for the public's help in our enquiries.
"It may be he has exposed himself to other people who have not reported it to police and I would urge anyone who has witnessed a similar incident to come forward.
"Likewise we want to hear from anyone who may know the identity of this man, maybe they know someone whose behaviour has been causing them concern recently or when they've been out and about they've noticed someone whose behaviour has maybe caused them concern, we know this area is a popular area for people to walk dogs and it could be they've go vital information to help us.
"There will be extra officers in Barnes Park carrying out enquiries and I would urge any local residents who are concerned to speak to an officer."
Anyone with information about the incident can either speak to an officer on patrol or contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 975 27/01/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.