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Police in Dorchester issue appeal over alleged spate of indecent exposures
4:03pm Friday 6th December 2013 in News
POLICE in Dorchester have launched an appeal for witnesses after an alleged spate of indecent exposure in the Fordington area of the town.
Dorset Police is asking anyone with information to come forward after receiving eight separate reports of a man attractibng the attention of women outside their homes or in their rear gardens and exposing himself.
A local man has been arrested and released on police bail while enquiries continue.
The first alleged incident was reported on Wednesday, July 31 and the most recent occurred on Monday, November 11 with each reported case taking place during the hours of darkness.
Inspector Steve Marsh, of Dorchester police, said police had carried out ‘extensive enquiries’ over recent months and would be increasing patrols in the area.
He urged anyone with any information that could help the police investigation to get in touch.
Insp Marsh said: “I am appealing for witnesses to any incidents of this type in the Fordington area, and anyone with information about these incidents to contact police at the earliest opportunity.
“Following extensive enquiries, which have involved covert policing in the area over the past few months, I am now keen to hear from members of the public who may be able to assist us with our investigation.
“It appears the man involved hides his identity by covering his face when carrying out these alleged acts. It is not believed that any threats are made toward the victim but he runs off when challenged.
“Dorset Police will be carrying out increased patrols in the area over the coming days and I ask residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us in confidence.
“Further to this, I would urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident in the Fordington Field area and is yet to report it to us to get in touch.”
Witnesses and anyone with information are asked to call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 21:38.
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