A dad has made an impassioned plea for youngsters to be on their guard after his daughter was the victim of a drive-by flasher.
Police are investigating the report of a pervert driver who flashed to a teenage girl in picturesque Greatham village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
The motorist is said to have pulled up alongside the teenager in High Street on Tuesday afternoon before he exposed himself to her.
Police have issued an appeal in a bid to locate the pervert and called for anyone with information to contact them.
The girl’s dad saw the black-coloured car stop from a distance as he was walking along the road to meet her before the incident happened.
The culprit drove off out of the village after the incident. The shocked dad then quickly reported it to police and also contacted the Mail to make others aware of the flasher.
The dad, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I was going to meet my daughter at about 4.30pm.
“She was about half way down the High Street when a car pulled up beside her.
“I whistled to her, but she didn’t hear so I whistled again.
“She turned round, ran across the road and came over to me.
“She said the car had pulled over, wound down the window and a man exposed himself.
“She tried to look at the registration, but felt sick at what had happened that her mind just went blank.”
It is hoped the car may have been caught on local CCTV cameras.
The car was last seen leaving the village on the road off High Street that joins the A689, near to Dalton Back Lane.
The dad added: “I don’t want it happening to other kids.”
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “We received a report at around 5.50pm on Tuesday about a man exposing himself in Greatham.”
Witnesses and anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.