Today, I’ve received a worrying report of another indecent exposure incident in Brownhills, which follows on from the one a couple of weeks ago that occurred out at Highbridges – this incident occurred near the Parade in Brownhills.
West Midlands Police this evening (20th August 2015) issued the following statement:
An incident was reported to police just before 6.20pm on Wednesday 19 August 2015 after a man indecently exposed himself to two teenage girls near to The Parade in Brownhills.
The man made no effort to speak to or approach the girls who contacted police when they returned home.
The man is described as skinny, around 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing a tracksuit.
Police are investigating what happened and ask any other witnesses or anyone else with information to contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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. Warn your kids and take suitable precautions.
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 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