Shrubs cut back and patrols increase after flashings

POLICE have increased patrols in a family park and had bushes trimmed back as the hunt continues for possibly two flashers.

Women walking through Hartlepool’s Burn Valley Gardens became the victims of indecent exposures last week, as reported in the Mail.

Police patrols have now been stepped up through the woodland while those responsible are tracked down.

Officers have also been working with Hartlepool Borough Council to trim back bushes that an offender could hide behind.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Both officers investigating these cases have yet to receive information from the public in response to appeals.

“Patrols have been increased and some shrubs have been cut down with the help of the council while investigations are ongoing.”

The first flashing incident happened between 2.30pm and 2.45pm on Monday, June 13, when a dogwalker was passed by a man. When she turned to see where he went he exposed himself.

The man is described as being white, aged between 16 and 19, around 5ft 8in-tall with a slim build and a tanned and spotty complexion.

He had fair, short hair which was overgrown and was wearing a light blue Hartlepool United rain jacket.

The second happened at 5.30pm on Thursday, June 16, when a man jumped from behind a bush just wearing a blue peaked baseball cap, dark socks and blue trainers.

The man performed a sex act with one hand while holding his clothing in his left.

The man is described as white, skinny, with a thin face and a definite jawline.

He had fair hair and appeared “rough” looking, with pale skin and dark, tired eyes.

Police have not ruled out the possibility that it was the same man.

Anyone with information about the first incident is asked to ring PC Thomas Mcleod on (01642) 302178.

Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to contact PC Michael McArdle on (01642) 302126.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.