Schoolgirls targeted by a ‘flasher’

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THIS is the man police are hunting after two terrified girls were flashed at as they made their way to and from school.

Detectives believe the same man may be responsible for exposing himself to two schoolgirls separately in the space of a month – most recently on Friday, July 22, when a 13-year-old was flashed at as she waited at her bus stop for school on Kimberworth Road, Ferham, at 8am.

One month earlier, on Friday, June 10, an 11-year-old girl saw a man exposing himself as she waited at a bus stop outside Clifton Comprehensive School.

Police today issued an e-fit of a man they want to trace. He was white, in his early 40s, around 6ft and slim. He had short grey hair, wrinkles around his mouth, and a round nose. He was wearing a yellow or light green high-visibility sleeveless vest over a red and black checked shirt.

Sergeant Chris Conway, investigating the latest offence, said: “This was the last school day of the summer term and at about 8am there would have been a number of people in the immediate area, either going to school or heading to work.”

He said: “If you know anything about what happened, saw the incident, or think the e-fit looks like someone you know, contact the police or Crimestoppers now and help us to catch this offender.”

He said police are looking at the possibility the two flashing incidents may be linked.

“There are similarities between both incidents and, as a matter of routine, we are investigating whether there is a connection between the two,” he added.

“I want to reassure parents and residents that officers are doing everything they can to detect this crime and apprehend the person or persons responsible for these incidents.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0114 2202020 and quote reference 214 of July 22. Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.