North Yorkshire Police issues apology over flasher appeal with too much detail

North Yorkshire Police has issued an apology after issuing an appeal to catch a flasher which described the size of the man’s penis.

The force issued an appeal on Monday for help to catch an overweight, naked man who performed a sex act on himself in front of a woman student in York.

The appeal issued on social media said the man had a small penis.

A spokesperson said: “The suspect is described as white with a very pale complexion, aged between 35 and 45 years, around 5ft 10in tall with a fat build.

“He has very little chest or pubic hair, no obvious tattoos or scars, and he has what was described as a small penis with testicles that hang noticeably low.”

The force has now deleted the post and issued an apology saying the force accepted the appeal “went into too much detail”.

It added: “This has caused upset to a number of people who read the appeal and we unreservedly apologise for any offence caused.

“The appeal was quickly removed and a more appropriately worded version posted on the force website.

“We use social media every day to appeal for information, and to warn and inform members of the public.

“As always, we thank all our followers for their support in sharing our appeals, it is very much appreciated.”

A newly worded appeal has now been issued.

The incident occurred at 1.15pm on Sunday 18 November 2018 as the 20-year-old woman was walking alone on Windmill Lane onto the woodland cycle path in the direction of Hull Road.
She was confronted by the man who stood in front of her.

He was bare-chested and had his trousers pulled down around his ankles and masturbated in front of her.

The man remained in the same location for around five minutes before walking off.

The woman quickly walked away and reported the incident to the police.

Enquiries are ongoing to locate the man, including a trawl of CCTV covering the area.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area to provide public reassurance while the investigation continues.

The suspect is described as white with a very pale complexion, aged between 35 and 45 years, around 5ft 10in tall with a fat build.

He has very little body hair and no obvious tattoos or scars.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference 12180215684 when providing details about this incident.