Worryingly, the incidents of indecent exposure locally seem to be ongoing, as I note social media reports yesterday (Monday 23rd November 2015) of an incident near Northfields Way in Clayhanger.
A similar incident on the Pelsall Road at Highbridges earlier this year.
A lady reported the following on a local Facebook group:
Approx 11.30 this morning I meet a lady just coming off the common at the end of Northfields Way, who warned me she had just been flashed.
I’ve asked her to report it but please take care when walking alone. I think she said he was dressed in black and appeared to be wearing black makeup around his eyes.
This follows other worrying reports of flashers targeting school kids around High Heath and Pelsall in the last few weeks.
Please be careful if you’re out and about in the area by yourself; even in the middle of the day parts of our area can be very isolated, so take care where you go alone.
If you or your children are subject to anything like this, please do contact the police. These types of offences can escalate, and the culprits need to be caught before they do more serious harm.
The Police urge anyone who falls victim to such an indecent exposure to call 999 immediately.
It’s worth repeating the advice about flashing incidents and suchlike issued by West Midlands Police last year:
Police Constable Richard Jackson, from Walsall Police, said: ‘Although this type of offence is rare, there are many parks and open spaces on the east side of Walsall that have historically attracted offenders.
‘They usually target women, often when they are alone in parks, canals or country tracks.
‘We take any such offences very seriously and saw five people arrested in 2012 when we set up an operation to reduce this kind of offending.’
Walsall Police have issued the following guidelines for the public if an offence occurs.
- Please phone 999 immediately! The Walsall Police plan involves an immediate response for officers to attend and try to capture the offender. Please do not wait until you get home.
- Try and get a good description of the offender, including detail of clothing. This is very valuable to police, and if the offender is in a vehicle, the registration number is also extremely important to help identify them. The make and model is also very useful.
- Details of where the offender was last seen, or last seen heading to is very valuable in assisting police to locate them quickly.
- Never put yourself at further risk to obtain these details, but if have seen them please commit them to memory, or write them down if you can. This information can then be passed straight out to officers via police radio to ensure that a meaningful search can take place straight away.
For advice on staying safe when out, visit: www.safer-streets.org