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Sawbridgeworth: Women walking home after night out confront man wearing head torch masturbating in layby



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Three women walking home in Sawbridgeworth after a night out were confronted by a man masturbating at the roadside.

The pervert was wearing a head torch as he stood beside a phone box in a layby on the A1184 Bonks Hill, opposite the turning to High Wych.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen the man in the early hours of Sunday (June 26) or who has experienced a similar incident.

Inspector Mark Collins heads the police Safer Neighbourhood Teams in East Herts
Inspector Mark Collins heads the police Safer Neighbourhood Teams in East Herts

Bishop's Stortford police inspector Mark Collins said: "Three females were walking home after a night out shortly after midnight when they saw a white male masturbating. He had a bright light on the front of his face from a head torch.

"The women were angry and told him to stop, but he's carried on his business, just standing there."

Insp Collins added: "We're getting a lot of this at the moment, especially in rural areas of East Herts where a female will be walking along and a driver stops. We would like to appeal for witnesses in case someone has seen someone lurking around."

The man is described as a "young, white male with an athletic body".

Earlier this month, Herts police issued a witness appeal following an indecent exposure near Ware. The incident happened near Moles Farm, Wadesmill Road – near Wodson Park sports centre and opposite Hanbury Manor Golf and Country Club – at around 7.30am on Tuesday 3 May.

Police said a woman in her 30s was out running when a silver Volvo SUV approached and slowed. Assuming the driver might need directions, the woman approached the window to speak to him. She then noticed he had indecently exposed himself.

The woman ran off and the man drove away. He did not try to engage with the victim again.

The man is described as white, in his 50s or 60s, of stocky build, with facial hair. He was wearing floral shorts.

Investigating officer PC Charlotte Bell said: “This was a very unpleasant experience for the victim and we’ve been conducting enquiries to try to trace this man.

"Due to the shock of what happened, the victim was understandably unable to get a full registration number for the car involved.

“It is believed there were a number of other vehicles in the area at the time and I'm keen to speak with anyone who may have seen the incident or the vehicle travelling in the area.

"I’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured dashcam footage. If you can help, please get in contact.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Herts Constabulary on 101 or visit www.hertspolice.uk/report.



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