Police issue urgent appeal after third sighting of a flasher in Yate
POLICE have issued an urgent appeal after a third incident of children reporting seeing a flasher in Yate.
The latest incident was at 6.30pm on Saturday (September 28) in Tyndale Park. Two girls, aged 10 and 13, were in the park when a man walked up to them by the stream, exposed himself and walked off. The girls said they thought they had seen him earlier riding around on a bicycle.
They described him as white, aged 50 to 60, with short greying hair, of medium to heavy build and wearing shorts.
The children immediately left the park and called Avon and Somerset police by 6.45pm.
The incident follows two similar sightings at parks in Yate since September and police have reappealed for information.
Neighbourhood PC Angharad Baynham said: “This happened a week to the day after two similar incidents which also involved a man exposing himself to young girls. All three incidents are being thoroughly investigated and we’re keeping an open mind about any connection.
“Once again the girls did the right thing by leaving the park straight away and reporting what happened. We in the neighbourhood team will be continuing our extra uniformed patrols of parks and open spaces.”
Following the latest incident a 67-year-old man has been arrested and released on police bail pending further inquiries.
The two earlier incidents were in Highworth Crescent and St Mary’s Park, Yate, and happened between 5pm and 6.30pm on Saturday September 21.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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