Police chiefs believe that a number of incidents in which a man has “exposed” himself to children in Worksop are linked to the same person and are now increasing patrols.
Nottinghamshire Police say they are investigating the latest incident, in which a man was acting suspiciously towards two children in Sparken Hill, at around 3.30pm on Monday (February 8).
A similar incident, which has only just come to light, happened on Friday, February 5 on Retford Road at about 8pm, and follows another occurrence on Raines Avenue in Worksop at about 3.30pm on January 26 when a 17-year-old girl from Outwood Academy Valley Post 16 Centre was walking home.
In each instance, the offender has been described as a white man, believed to be in his 20s or 30s with short dark hair, driving a dark-coloured car.
Bassetlaw district commander, Inspector Neil Bellamy, said: “We do suspect now that we have an offender who has been seen acting suspiciously in the presence of children on more than one occasion in recent weeks.
“We must make it clear that there has been no reported attempt to make physical contact with a child. However, his actions are clearly causing some distress and concern and I would urge anyone who may know who is doing this or recognise the description of the offender to contact us immediately on 101.
”We are increasing patrols in key areas of the town at pertinent times. Members of the public with information or concerns should feel free to speak to our officers when they encounter them on patrol.”
A Nottinghamshire Police statement said: “Nottinghamshire Police can confirm we are investigating a report of a man acting suspiciously towards two children in Sparken Hill at around 3.30pm on Monday (8 February 2016).
“We believe this may be linked to another report received on Friday 5 February, describing a similar incident in Retford Road at about 8pm, as well as a previous occurrence which happened in Raines Avenue at around 3.30pm on 26 January.”
When calling 101, quote the incident number 608 of 10 February 2015.