'Suspicious' Ashcombe Park incident 'worries' Weston-super-Mare mum

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:15 08 August 2016

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A concerned Weston mother says she is 'worried' about children's safety after witnessing two 'suspicious men' filming young girls and behaving indecently in Ashcombe Park.

The incident took place on July 25 at around 7.30pm when Amy Elliot was in the park with her children, and she took to social media to describe what she saw.

Since then, her post has been shared more than 2,000 times, and she told the Mercury the incident has left her worried for the welfare of children in Weston.

She said: “At first they were standing next to the play park and playing on their phones. I thought they were playing Pokémon Go. I felt bad for suspecting them. I think they noticed me staring at them and they moved away.

“They were acting like they were filming each other but their phones were pointed to the children in the park, including mine.”

Ms Elliot then said one of the men put his jacket over his head, while the other hid behind a bush.

She added: “Another woman also saw they had been acting strange. She then exclaimed that the man was fondling himself. He then chucked a tissue in the bush.”

The police have since released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with the incident. However, Ms Elliot told the Mercury she was unhappy with how the incident was handled.

She said: “I was on the phone to the police for half an hour and the men were still there.

“There was no indication the police would send someone to the scene. It’s a massive disservice. My daughter is 13 and she is starting to get her independence and I am worried about her having it.”

In response, Weston Inspector Sharon Bennett, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said: “At the time the initial call came in, officers were already committed to dealing with a number of other incidents requiring immediate attention.

“When officers were available to attend, the offenders had left the scene, but we already had details of key witnesses and potential evidence which would assist us with our investigation.

“Reassurance patrols were put in place as soon as possible and there have been no further offences of this nature reported.

“We’re doing everything we can to investigate this offence and would urge the public to call with any information which could help.”

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