Worrying news reaches me of an indecent exposure incident on the Pelsall/Lichfield Road at Highbridges this morning (Friday 7th August 2015), when two ladies on their way to work at the council depot were subject to an indecent exposure incident.
Walsall Clean and Green asked me to post the following message:
Clean & Green Services
Aug 7th, 11:57am
I wondered if you could alert your readers to this horrible incident this morning at 8.30am when two members of our staff where walking along the closed Pelsall Road to work:
‘There has been an incident of indecent exposure this morning involving two of our female staff walking to the council environmental depot from Pelsall.
We would urge you all to be very aware if walking along this road.
The man was hiding in the bushes by the bridge.
We have an excellent description of the man who is dressed completely in black aged between 20 and 30yrs old and on a small bike, the police have been informed and are dealing with the incident.’
Clean and Green Services
200 Pelsall Road
Please be careful if you’re out and about in the area by yourself; even in the middle of the day parts of Brownhills 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 man needs to be caught before he does more serious harm.
The Council and Police are urging 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