AN 11-year-old girl has been left shaken after a man exposed himself to her in a city park.
The girl was sledging with her friend on Sunday afternoon at around 4.45pm close to Oakgrove School.
A man jogged past the girls, sat on a bench behind them to tie his laces then carried on. He returned 10 minutes later, saw the girl was on her own and from 10 feet away said ‘Hey look at this’ then exposed himself.
As the girl’s friend returned he ran away.
The mother of the victim said her daughter phoned her, clearly distressed, and told her what had happened.
She said: “The girls always play within sight of one of their houses so we can see them but with the excitement of the snow I think they strayed just a little further.
“When she called I sensed danger. She was panting down the phone and I knew something was wrong.
“I sent my 16-year-old son to run and meet them on the way home while I frantically looked for my car keys. By the time I found them they had all made their way home.”
Between the park and her house the girl had tried to call police to alert them, but clearly panicked she had only managed a vague message.
When she got home police returned her call to check she was OK and she told them a full account of what had happened.
Her mother said: “We have lived in this area for 12 years and nothing like this has ever happened.
“I am just happy that something much worse didn’t happen.”
Police have now released an e-fit of the man, who is described as white, between 23 and 26 years old, slim, clean shaven and about 5ft 11ins.
He was wearing a blue, long-sleeved, waterproof jacket, blue knee length shorts and a black hat with a baby blue stripe on it. He spoke with a local accent.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. People can also visit crimestoppers-uk.org.