Police patrols stepped up in Harrogate after man exposes himself to child

Police have stepped up patrols in the Harrogate District.
Police have stepped up patrols in the Harrogate District.

Police have called two incidents in the district where a man exposed himself, once to a child, as 'disturbing' and 'totally unacceptable'.

A man exposed himself to a mother and child cycling along the Bilton to Ripley cycle path in Harrogate, at about 7.10pm on June 15.

Just over a week later on June 23, a man exposed himself to a different woman on Nidderdale Greenway, a remote part of Nidd Gorge, near Scotton at about 4pm.

On both occasions the perpetrator ran or walked away when shouted at but based on descriptions provided by the victims, police believe that the two incidents are connected.

Inspector Penny Taylor, of Harrogate Police, said: “These are both very disturbing incidents, which are totally unacceptable. We are treating them extremely seriously, and are increasing patrols in the area. Please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to find this man.

“I would like to appeal for any witnesses, or anyone with information that would help us to identify the man responsible. I am also asking for anyone to come forward if they have been a victim of a similar incident and not yet reported it to the police.”

Police have now stepped up patrols in the area.

To provide information about the incident on June 15, please dial 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Kelvin Troughton, quoting reference number 12160105286.

For the incident on June 23, please ask for PC Simon Davis, quoting reference number 12160110561.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.