Burnley flashers strike: police appeal for help

Burnley police station
Burnley police station

Police are appealing for information after two incidents of indecent exposure in Burnley.

The first incident took place on Tuesday, March 27th, at a bus stop in St James’s Street in the town centre at around 4-55 p.m. when a man approached a 28-year- old woman and exposed himself. He was described as white, aged between 50 and 60, of medium build. He had short scruffy white hair and was wearing navy shorts.

The second incident took place in Colne Road around 6-55 p.m. the same day when a man sitting on a park bench exposed himself to 18-year-old woman as she walked past. He was described as white, elderly with white or grey hair which was grown past the ears. He was wearing an orange T-shirt and navy or purple shorts.

DC Andy Maden from Burnley CID said: “At this stage I am keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked but there are similarities.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incidents or if anyone has seen a man fitting the descriptions acting suspiciously to come forward and contact us.

“Although none of the victims were hurt, it was an unpleasant experience for them and the person responsible needs to be brought to justice.”

A 62-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of exposure and has been released on police bail until June 5th.

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnley CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.