POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a spate of incidents of indecent exposure in Dorchester.
Officers have received eight separate reports of a man attracting the attention of women outside their homes or in their gardens, and exposing himself in the Fordington area of Dorchester.
The first alleged incident was reported on Wednesday 31 July, with the most recently reportedly taking place on Monday 11 November. Each reported case has taken place during the hours of darkness.
Inspector Steve Marsh of Dorchester police said: “I am appealing for witnesses to any incident of this type in the Fordington area, and anyone with information about these incidents to contact police at the earliest opportunity.
“Following extensive enquiries, which have involved covert policing in the area over the past few months, I am now keen to hear from members of the public who may be able to assist us with our investigation.
“It appears the man involved hides his identity by covering his face when carrying out these alleged acts. It is not believed that any threats are made towards the victim but he runs off when challenged.”
A man from the local area has been arrested and released on bail while officers continue their enquiries.
“Dorset Police will be carrying our increased patrols in the area over the coming days and I ask residents to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us in confidence” added Inspector Marsh.
“Further to this, I would urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident in the Fordington Field area and is yet to report it to us to get in touch.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 21:38.