Police search for Sunderland flasher who exposed himself to teenage girls

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POLICE are appealing for information about a man who exposed himself to teenage girls.

Officers received reports that a man driving a silver Vauxhall Astra car approached six woman on Sunday.

At 11.15am a man is said to have exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl at Toward Road, Hendon.

Just before noon, police received a report that three young girls had been followed by a man in a silver Astra at Tanfield Road, Thorney Close, before he spoke to them and then drove off.

At 12.24pm a 17-year-old girl reported having been approached by a suspicious man at Blind Lane, Silksworth. He exposed himself to her before driving off.

And later on Sunday night police received a report that a man had approached a 21-year-old and spoke to her before driving off. This incident is believed to have also happened on Sunday morning.

The man is described as white, aged between 30 and 40 years old, of average build with short dark hair brushed forward, and as having stubble or a beard.

Police are carrying out inquiries into the reports, which are believed to be linked.

Officers are also trying to establish if there are any links to two indecent assaults which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning at Derby Road and Tunstall Road.

At this stage it is not believed there is a connection, but police are keeping an open mind.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, Sunderland Area Command, said: “I’d like to stress that while these incidents were distressing for those involved, no-one was injured and no physical harm was caused to the women and girls concerned.

“We’re making extensive inquiries to trace the man and the vehicle, so we can speak to him about these incidents and would urge any witnesses or anyone who has information about who is involved to contact us as soon as possible.

“I’d like to reassure people that we take incidents such as this extremely seriously and extra patrols are taking place to speak to local residents and gather information.

“Anyone who sees the vehicle or is approached in this way should call police straight away so we can take immediate action.

“People are reminded to be cautious when approached by strangers, do not get into any vehicles, and report suspicious incidents to police immediately.

“We’re doing everything possible to trace the man and the vehicle.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, for the attention of Sunderland CID, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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