Hunt for flasher intensifies

The footpath near Harrogate's Stray Rein, where the flasher has struck.
The footpath near Harrogate's Stray Rein, where the flasher has struck.

Police in Harrogate have stepped-up their search for a flasher who has been terrorising women on the Stray for eight years.

Officers have been handing out flyers in the Stray Rein and Tewit Well areas, where the man has struck 28 times since 2007.

The leaflets, which urge people to get in touch with information, provide details of the offences and include a description of the suspect.

The move comes following a fresh appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow, which featured a reconstruction of the most recent incident on New Year’s Eve involving two girls.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We’ve had a good response to our appeal for information, both from the BBC Crimewatch Roadshow and the leaflets that have been handed out, and extensive enquiries are ongoing.”

Officers say the incidents usually happen in winter months when its dark, between 5pm and 9pm, and when the weather is dry and cold.

All the victims have been women using the footpaths in the area.

It is suspected that the culprit, who is partially or fully naked when he exposes himself, uses the two railway footbridges, the railway line and the surrounding undergrowth to get in and out of the area where he offends.

Police haven’t ruled out there being more than one offender, however the latest victims describe a white man, around 6ft tall, of medium build with a fat stomach and short, dark hair, possibly greying.