Greater Manchester Police have released CCTV footage of a man they believe to be the pervert wanted for a string of indecent exposures in Bolton – the latest assault was on a 15-year-old girl.
The deviant exposed himself to the girl on Deane Church Lane, close to the junction with Chulsey Street, at around 12:30pm on Sunday June 28.
The teenager was approached by a man, who tried to engage in conversation with her before exposing himself to her as they walked along – she was left ‘upset and shaken’ by the ‘terrifying’ ordeal.
The man then ran in the direction of Wigan Road, but is believed to have then run along Back Deane Church Lane shortly after the offence took place.
Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden said: “The young girl was left understandably upset and shaken by this incident, which was terrifying to her at the time.”
Detectives are linking this crime to six other similar incidents in the same area, with the same man – pictured in the CCTV footage – believed to be responsible for all of them.
These other incidents also took place in the Deane area of Bolton and occurred on June 6 and 17 this year.
DI Cadden wanted to assure the community that GMP are doing everything they can to catch this offender.
She added: “I would like to reassure the local community that we have extra neighbourhood officers patrolling the area in a bid to prevent further incidents.
“There is also a dedicated team of officers investigating this series of crimes and following all possible lines of enquiry to identify this man.
“One man from Bolton was arrested in connection with the offences on the 6th June, but he has since been eliminated from the enquiry.”
The offender is described as white, around 6ft tall, in his late 30s, with dark brown hair and a slim build.
During the last incident, on June 28, he was wearing a brown or khaki waist-length jacket and dark blue jeans.
Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward and DI Cadden issued a direct warning to women in the area.
She said: “I would also like to remind women walking in this area to remain alert to their surroundings and report any man matching the above description, or anyone acting suspiciously, to police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 0161 856 5758 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.