Masked Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth flasher suspect arrested by police
Police have arrested a 53-year-old man from Bishop's Stortford in connection with a series of indecent exposures in which a masked, naked man has targeted schoolgirls and women.
Since October 2018, police have received six reports in Stortford and Sawbridgeworth of a naked man wearing only a white mask.
On five occasions he has intimidated female victims – two of whom were only 13 – by displaying his genitals.
- On May 10, an 18-year-old girl in Southern Country Park heard a man call out and when she turned round she saw a naked pervert in a white mask.
- On April 17, three women were confronted by a masked naked man near St James the Great Church at Thorley while they were walking a dog.
- On January 2, a woman sitting in a vehicle on High Wych Lane saw a naked man, with a bandage across his face, touch himself and flee. On February 6, a woman was targeted in the same location.
- On October 24, two 13-year-old girls in Southern Country Park were terrified when a naked man in a white leather mask emerged from bushes and started to masturbate.
In the most recent incident, on Sunday May 19, the naked man, this time wearing a blue mask, was seen hiding in bushes at Three Mile Pond in Sawbridgeworth by a passing motorist.
Det Sgt Sam Alcock, from the East Herts local crime unit, said: “My team and I are fully aware of the concern these incidents have caused in the local community. We've been working hard to investigate and make an arrest.
"Our enquiries are continuing at this time and if you have any information which may assist us, please get in contact.”
The suspect has been released under investigation while police inquiries continue.
Anyone with further information can contact the local crime unit by calling the non-emergency number 101. You can also report information online or speak to an operator in the force communications room via an online web chat, which can be launched here.
Alternatively, to give details anonymously, contacting independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111 or filling in its untraceable online form.
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