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Crime Roundup 16/09/11 – Police investigate a ‘flasher’ in Penwortham

Posted on - 16th September, 2011 - 9:58am | Author - | Posted in - Crime

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Lancashire police are appealing for information following a number of “flashing” incidents at a park in Penwortham.

In June and July police received four reports of a naked man who emerged from bushes in the park and approached a group of school girls between the times of 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Over the past past four months, there have been six separate reports of a man who has been exposing himself to school children in and around Hurst Grange Park on Cop Lane.

Around 3.45pm on both 8 and 9 September, children on a school bus reported seeing a naked man in a wooded area on Leyland Road taking pictures.

On all of the occasions the white man was wearing a piece of clothing wrapped around his head, but his face could always be seen.

Detective Inspector John Entwisle said: “Thankfully nobody has come to any harm as a result of these incidents; however the children involved have, understandably, been left distressed by what has happened.

“We have spoken with schools in the area to offer reassurance and ask pupils and parents to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to police.

“We need to identify this man as soon as possible and I would urge anybody who has information which could assist us to get in touch”.

Anybody with any information is asked to call police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police have issued a warning after four suspected poachers were arrested in the Ribble Valley.

The action came after an off duty police officer noticed suspicious activity on a field in Sabden. The men, aged 17, 21, 22, and 27 were all arrested a short time later.

Sgt John Lindsey said: “We take a tough stance on rural crime and we will continue to work closely with the local community to reduce poaching and deter offenders.

“Poachers are often responsible for other crimes, such as thefts of farming machinery and criminal damage to property, so it is vital that we stop them.

“We urge rural communities to support us in our fight against poaching. Any poaching activity, or suspicious behaviour, needs to be reported to police so that we can take action.

“By working together we can clamp down on poachers and protect our valuable game stocks.”

Police are urging anyone who sees anything suspicious or who has any information about rural crime to contact them on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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