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Indecent exposures linked in North Bournemouth

Police investigating a number of indecent exposures in North Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward – with officers believing that the same offender may be responsible.

At 6.30pm on Thursday, 1 September 2011, a man approached a 20-year-old woman at the junction of St Leonards Road and Capstone Road in Charminster and exposed himself.

This follows an earlier report that a man directed inappropriate comments toward a 22-year-old woman as she walked along Malmesbury Park Road at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, 24 August 2011.

Both victims live in the Bournemouth area.

Inspector Mike Claxton, of North Bournemouth police, said: "Dorset Police treats all reports of sexual offences with the utmost concern and specially trained officers have been allocated to investigate these two incidents.

"Since speaking with the victims it has emerged that the offender may have indecently exposed himself on other occasions in the Charminster area, but these offences were not reported at the time that they took place.

"I would urge anyone who has witnessed a similar incident, and not reported it to the police, to contact us urgently. Your information may be crucial and could help us with these investigations.

"I would also like to remind members of the public to call 999 if they witness an offence taking place. Our officers will treat calls in absolute confidence and all reports of sexual offences are taken extremely seriously."

The offender is white, aged between 18 and 20, around five feet eight inches and five feet nine inches tall, with short hair. On one occasion he is said to be accompanied by a dog.

Inspector Claxton continued: "I am appealing for anyone who witnessed any of these incidents, and anyone with any information about the man responsible, to contact me as soon as possible."

Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been issuing advice to members of the public and additional patrols have been active in the communities where the offences have been reported.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 22 22 22 quoting incident number 2:320. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.