I note in the last couple of days a worrying report of a lady being followed by a male behaving oddly on Chasewater North Heath, and post the following to warn dog walkers, particularly other women, to be aware.
If you have experienced this type of behaviour, please do make an effort to contact the police; the more reports, the more chance of of them being able to find the man in question.
A lady reported the following:
I was followed on the evening of Thursday, 25th May 2017 at about 7:30/7:45pm over Chasewater (Burntwood Side), just behind the railway cafe, when walking my dog.
The man was a white male, thin faced, riding a push bike. He had a strange smirk on his face and stopped right in my path. As I started walking back on myself I noticed him follow me on his bike slowly and every time I looked behind, he stopped and pulled a weird smile.
I then put my dog on the lead and pulled my dog to walk faster, at this point the man started to peddle faster. I had to then pick up my dog and run and he pursued me right to the gates of the Chasewater Cafe.
Luckily there was a lovely lady locking up who stayed with me until he disappeared. It could have been a lot worse if I was further into Chasewater as it’s very remote with nowhere to run.
I have reported the incident to the police who have been looking for the man who was acting suspiciously and have taken a statement.
If anyone else has whitnessed this man tonight or any other time please call Chasetown Police/ Staffordshire Police.
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. This type of behaviour can escalate.