Man seen 'touching himself inappropriately' in a bush in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 12:58 05 September 2019
A man was reportedly seen touching himself inappropriately in a bush in Welwyn Garden City.
A white man of large build, with shoulder length grey hair was seen in a bush in Dowley Wood betwen 2.30pm and 2.40pm on Monday, August 19.
He is described as in his 50s and wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt.
Another similar incident of outraging public decency reportedly occurred near a children's play area, between St Albans Road East and Old French Horn Lane in Hatfield.
Police are treating the two incidents as linked but are trying to keep an open mind.
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The St Albans Road East suspect is described as a "scruffy" white man, also in his 50s, around 5ft 8in tall, with balding mousey hair, a beard and a pot belly. He was seen wearing a grey top.
PC Stephen Carter, who is investigating the incidents, said: "I fully understand that reports of this nature cause a great deal of concern among the community and I want to reassure people we are doing all we can to trace the suspect/s as soon as possible.
"If you have any information which may assist us, please get in contact."
He added: "If you witness any similar activity, please call police straightaway on 999."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Carter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/75515/19.
Alternatively, stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the independent charity's untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.