Re-appeal for information following series of sexual assault and exposure incidents - Newbury
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Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for information following a series of sexual assault and exposure incidents in Newbury.
The first incident was reported on Sunday 27 March in Hutton Close, Newbury, when a man entered the car park of the Willows Edge Care Home and exposed himself from the waist down.
The next incident occurred at around 9.35pm on Saturday 21 May.
A man was standing on the other side of a fence behind properties on Huntington Gardens.
He was naked from the waist down and performed an indecent act while looking towards the properties.
He was aware he had been spotted but this did not deter him, but he left when a member of the public called police.
The third incident involved a woman was walking past the Riverside Community Centre at approximately 11.30pm on Friday 17 June.
A man with no trousers on approached her from behind and touched her inappropriately over her clothing before running away.
The final incident was around 11.50pm on Friday 1 July when a male was seen loitering in Shaw Park by a female dog walker.
He stayed in a dark area of the park and waited for the woman to walk past him before following her out of the park and on to Dene Way, where she stood under a streetlight and waited for the male to pass.
As she turned around, she saw the male expose himself and perform an indecent act.
The woman immediately called the police and the male turned and ran back towards Shaw Park.
Two images have previously been released of a man officers believe may have vital information about the first two incidents.
Detective Inspector Bill Sykes, based at Newbury police station, said: “I am appealing for information about four separate incidents where we believe the same young man was involved.
“We are yet to identify him; therefore, I am appealing to the public for any information, as someone must know who he is.
“This is obviously very concerning and extremely inappropriate behaviour so it’s important we identify and speak to this person as soon as possible.
“There may be incidents that have not yet been reported to us and I want to encourage any victims who have not yet contacted us to do so.
“Whilst our investigation is ongoing, local officers are conducting extra patrols across Newbury so please feel free to speak with them about any concerns that you have.
“The national StreetSafe reporting tool allows people to anonymously flag areas where you feel unsafe to the local Community Safety Partnership.
“This information also helps our neighbourhood teams plan their patrols to ensure our communities feel safe.
“We have several images of a man who we believe may have vital information about these incidents, but I appreciate the quality is poor.
“I would encourage people to please come forward if you recognise this man or have any information about him or the incidents, which could help our enquiries. This can be done via 101 or on our website.
“You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”