Dorset Police release CCTV image of Swanage indecent exposure suspect

A photo of a man has been issued by detectives investigating a recent indecent exposure incident in the area of Taunton Road in Swanage.

It was reported that at 3.48 am on Saturday 14th November 2020, that a man was in the back garden of premises, standing outside of the back door rubbing his crotch while looking into the property.

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He was seen by two residents who shouted at the man to go away.

At least 40 similar incidents reported since 2002

At least 40 similar incidents have been reported since 2002 and officers believe the same man is responsible.

Detectives say they occur at night and typically involve a man standing outside of the victim’s home exposing himself or committing an act of gross indecency. The majority of the victims are women aged in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

The offences occur sporadically and although none were reported for the first eight months of this year, there has also been a recent report of an incident in Dorchester.

Since 2002, detectives from Weymouth CID have been carrying out a range of enquiries and made several public appeals to try and identify the offender.

CCTV of indecent exposure suspect
Dorset Police

“We owe it to the victims to do all we can to try and establish who is responsible”

Detective Sergeant Andy Marsh, of Weymouth CID, said:

“We recognise the distress these incidents have caused to the victims involved. This has been a long-running investigation and we have continued to explore a number of lines of enquiry to try and identify the man responsible.

“We are now releasing CCTV footage connected to an incident in Charminster in December 2019 of a man we are keen to identify as part of our enquiries.

“I appreciate it is not the best quality footage, but we owe it to the victims to do all we can to try and establish who is responsible for these offences.

“I would urge anyone with information as to this man’s identity, or anything that might assist our enquiries, to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190164124.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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