Police investigate indecent exposure
Police were today hunting a flasher who exposed himself to a female runner.
A police spokesman said the man, who was wearing a fluorescent jacket, exposed himself to the woman near Cavendish Road, Pembroke as she ran past just after 6am today.
The spokesman said: “A female informed police that as she ran along Cavendish Road, she observed a light skinned male, wearing a fluorescent jacket standing underneath a light pole near Lane Hill.
“As she approached, the male reportedly exposed himself to her.”
The spokesman appealed to anyone who was in the area of Cavendish Road between Lane Hill and Hibiscus Lane between 6am and 6.25am and who may have information to contact police.
He also advised the public to take precautions when running in the evening or early morning.
He said runners should always tell someone where they were going, stay on well-travelled and well-lit roads and run with a dog or other people if possible.
The spokesman added runners should also take a phone, avoid wearing jewellery and vary their routes.
He added: “Know where you’re going – looking confused and lost can make you a target.
“Avoid wearing headphones or earbuds and don’t be distracted.
“Perpetrators specifically look for people who aren’t 100 per cent aware of their surroundings.”
He told the public: “Trust your gut. If something or someone doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.”
The spokesman said if people were heckled, they should remain calm as a dispute could make the situation worse.
He added: “Everyone should be able to enjoy outdoors and exercise wherever and whenever they choose to.
The spokesman said people should report “any incidents of harassment or threatening behaviour” – even if they could not identify the perpetrator.
He warned: “Anyone who thinks it’s OK to harass and intimidate others should be aware – your behaviour will not be tolerated.”