Police make arrests following local flashing incidents

Just had this press release in from West Midlands Police relating to the recent spate of indecent exposure incidents in Brownhills and the North Walsall area.

This is encouraging news, although I'd caution readers that arrests do not mean charges, and be careful in any comments.

The release states:

TWO MEN have been arrested following a series of indecent exposures in Walsall.

A 22-year-old Aldridge man was arrested on Tuesday 24 July and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

A further arrest of a 46-year-old man from the Chase Town area was made yesterday (25 July) and he is currently in custody at a local police station.

Since March, there have been 16 reports of a man exposing himself to women and children across the Walsall, Brownhills and Aldridge areas.

Inspector Felicity Keane, from Aldridge police station, said: “We are treating these incidents extremely seriously and these arrests are the result of a policing operation which was set up in response. Our investigations indicate that more than one person is responsible for the indecent exposures across these areas.

“At no time has any physical contact been made with any of the victims, however clearly the victims have been alarmed and distressed by these incidents.”

“Even though two arrests have been made, this is not the end of our investigations and we are urging further witnesses to come forward.”

“Whilst arrests have been made, members of the public should continue to be vigilant. Witnesses to such behaviour should contact police immediately using 999. Calls will be treated as a priority, and calling immediately provides the opportunity to locate and arrest offenders at the scene.

“If offenders are seen in vehicles, it is very helpful if witnesses can provide details such as the make and model, and if possible the registration number, however witnesses should not place themselves at risk in order to obtain this information.

“Walsall Police are also interested if anyone has been a victim previously and have not reported it. In this case please contact the police on 101.

“The policing operation is to continue and Walsall Police would like to thank those that have already assisted us in providing information and evidence.”

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