Police hunt Bangor man who exposed himself to a child in series of Co Down suspicious approaches to youngsters
Police 'shocked' at manner of approaches and step up patrols in seaside town
Police are hunting a man who exposed himself to a child during one of a number of suspicious approaches in the Co Down seaside town of Bangor.
The incidents happened in the Kilcooley area of the town on Monday and Sunday.
On Monday at around 5pm, a seven-year-old girl had been playing near her home in Glastry Court when a man approached her and asked her to go into an alleyway.
She did not do this however the man did expose himself to her before she ran away.
This happened after a man - thought to be the same individual - approached an eight-year-old girl and asked her to keep an eye out while he went to the toilet. She said no and this male then made off towards Glastry Gardens.
Earlier on Sunday at around 5pm two nine-year-old children were approached by a man in Rostrevor Drive. This man walked into an alleyway before unfastening his belt. The girls did not enter the alleyway and ran home.
During these incidents none of the children were physically assaulted.
This man has been described as being in his 30s, around 5’7” tall and was wearing a blue top, possibly with red or orange stitching round the hood.
Superintendent Brian Kee, District Commander, said: “These are very serious matters and the manner in which these children have been approached is utterly shocking. I can only imagine how distressing this was for the children and their parents.
"These incidents have caused a great deal of concern amongst parents in the area. Police would urge anyone with information on any of these incidents, or anyone who can identify who is responsible, to give that information to police so that this offender can be brought to justice.
Police officers will be patrolling the area to give reassurance to residents and to try and identify this man. If anyone sees anything suspicious, in an emergency they should call 999.
"If someone thinks they have information that could help with our enquires they should call 101 and ask to speak to Detectives in Bangor. The independent charity Crimestoppers can be called on 0800 555 111 and you do not have to give your name.”