Flasher in high-visibility vest targeting girls at bus stops

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POLICE are hunting a flasher who is believed to have exposed himself to four young schoolgirls while they waited at bus stops in Rotherham.

Four girls aged between 10 and 13 have reported being flashed at while on their way to or from school in the Kimberworth and Clifton areas.

The most recent offence, in which a 10-year-old girl was flashed at, occurred at 4.40pm on Wednesday, October 12, while the youngster was waiting at a bus stop at Meadowhall Road.

Other girls, pupils at Clifton Comprehensive School and Winterhill Comprehensive School, were targeted while in their uniforms at bus stops on New Wortley Road, Kimberworth Road and outside Clifton school.

All four victims have provided similar descriptions of the man they saw, who was wearing “workman-style” clothing and a high-visibility vest during each incident.

The offender is aged between 30 and 40, between 5ft 8in and 6ft tall, and slim.

He is also described as having a pale complexion with “distinctive wrinkles” on his face.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers do not believe that the man has made any attempt to physically harm or abduct the girls, but they are very concerned that this person is specifically targeting young schoolgirls.”

Superintendent Andrew Parker added: “From the descriptions given by the victims and the circumstances of each incident, we now believe that these four separate crimes have been committed by the same man.

“The young girls, each very distressed by what has happened to them, are to be commended for their actions in alerting police and assisting officers with the investigation.

“I can appreciate this news is going to create a great deal of concern and worry, especially for parents of schoolgirls in the Kimberworth and Clifton areas.

“I want to reassure parents and the local communities where these incidents have happened, that we are doing everything we can to apprehend this offender.

“Schools in the areas concerned have been made aware of this situation and parents and local residents are asked to remain vigilant, especially during the morning and afternoon school runs.”