Hunt for flasher who exposed himself to Harrogate woman in broad daylight

Crag Lane in Harrogate
Crag Lane in Harrogate

A man who removed his coat and trousers and began masturbating in front of a woman near Crag Lane is being hunted by police.

The woman was walking on her own in the Pinewoods woodland area in Harrogate on October 1, between 3pm-4pm, when she noticed a man walking behind her.

She turned back round and continued walking but when she turned round again the man had removed his coat and trousers and was masturbating.

The man had also pulled his vest over his head whilst watching her prompting the woman to call the police and walk away towards the bottom of an embankment.

After phoning the police, the woman turned round and noticed the man was still there but this time fully clothed pacing backwards and forwards.

The man is described as white, aged late 30's, about 6ft tall and of average build. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, a blue waist length duffle coat zipped halfway up, plain white vest underneath the coat with casual light blue or grey knee length shorts.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen a man of the description to come forward.

In particular, police would like to speak to an elderly man walking his dog and two elderly women who walked past the victim shortly before the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police. Dial 101, press 2 and ask to speak to PC Dominic Holroyd or email

Please quote reference number 12150173677 when passing on information about the incident.