Man seen 'touching himself inappropriately' in a bush in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:58 05 September 2019

Police are investigating. Picture: Nick Gill.

Police are investigating. Picture: Nick Gill.

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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 stephen.carter@herts.pnn.police.uk.

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.

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