Man charged with indecent exposure at nature reserve

A man has been charged following several instances of indecent exposure.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 8:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th October 2019, 1:38 pm
The incidents took place on Waldridge Fell.
The incidents took place on Waldridge Fell.

The incidents took place on Waldridge Fell, Chester-le-Street, since Monday, September 9.

The 24-year-old was charged with harassment, outraging public decency, two counts of exposure, and driving without insurance.

Durham Police officers from their Operation Winter Nights team received multiple reports of a male exposing himself to women in the nature reserve, which is popular with dog walkers.

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The suspect was linked to a vehicle in the area and officers identified him through digital inquiries.

Detective Inspector Tonya Cook said: “This is a great example of the work done by the Winter Nights team, which stretches far beyond burglaries and vehicle crime.

“The team is also deployed to community issues like this – which left the whole community with a feeling of unease - where there is a high level of risk of harm.”

The man will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, October 31.