Police hunt flasher after attacks on women and girls

PUBLISHED: 12:34 09 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:54 09 January 2018

Yatton High Street.

Yatton High Street.

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Four incidents of sexual assault or exposure have occurred in North Somerset village in less than 24 hours.

The white man first exposed himself to a woman in Yatton High Street at about 9.20pm on Sunday, before three further incidents occurred yesterday.

The first saw a 33-year-old woman sexually assaulted when a man grabbed her in Stowey Road at about 6.15pm.

A 14-year-old girl was then ‘inappropriately grabbed’ in Henley Park 45 minutes later.

And just after 7.30pm yesterday, a man exposed himself to teenage girls in Derham Park.

Police believe the same man committed all four offences, with victims saying he appeared to be in his 20s and of slim or medium build.

He was wearing jogging bottoms or dark jeans, a grey hoodie and possibly a black scarf or balaclava.

Detective Sergeant Adam Knee, who is leading the investigation, said: “These incidents are clearly very concerning and we’re doing everything we can to identify the offender as soon as possible.

“We’re treating all four offences as linked due to their close proximity to each other and the similar descriptions given of the offender.

“Community reassurance patrols are being carried out in the local area and we have officers carrying out CCTV and house-to-house enquiries.

“We’ll be fully supporting all the victims and keeping them updated as this investigation progresses.

“If you have any information on who may be responsible or if you recognise the description we’ve issued, please call us.”

Anyone able to help the police with their enquiries is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5218005648.

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