POLICE in Walsall are urging people to be extra vigilant following a number of indecent exposures across the borough.
Detectives are investigating after three young schoolgirls were flashed by a man on a canal towpath in Walsall Wood on 28 January.
The girls were stood on Black Cock Bridge on Camden Street when the man approached them, but they quickly ran away when he exposed himself.
He is described as a white man in his twenties, around 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build and wore dark jeans, a black coat, possibly with ‘Superdry’ branding and a dark hoodie. It is believed that he also had an acne ridden complexion.
This investigation comes after an appeal in January, when a 38-year-old victim was exposed to by a man on a public footpath in Pelsall.
Officers are keen to find the offenders in both cases and are probing other suspicious activity in areas of Walsall in recent weeks.
They are urging anyone who falls victim to an indecent exposure to call 999 immediately.
Police Constable Richard Jackson, from Walsall Police, said: “Although this type of offence is rare, there are many parks and open spaces on the east side of Walsall that have historically attracted offenders.
“They usually target women, often when they are alone in parks, canals or country tracks.
“We take any such offences very seriously and saw five people arrested in 2012 when we set up an operation to reduce this kind of offending.”
Walsall Police have issued the following guidelines for the public if an offence occurs.
· Please phone 999 immediately! The Walsall Police plan involves an immediate response for officers to attend and try to capture the offender. Please do not wait until you get home.
· Try and get a good description of the offender, including detail of clothing. This is very valuable to police, and if the offender is in a vehicle, the registration number is also extremely important to help identify them. The make and model is also very useful.
· Details of where the offender was last seen, or last seen heading to is very valuable in assisting police to locate them quickly.
· Never put yourself at further risk to obtain these details, but if have seen them please commit them to memory, or write them down if you can. This information can then be passed straight out to officers via police radio to ensure that a meaningful search can take place straight away.
If you have information or can help the police inquiry please dial 101 and speak to Walsall Police, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.