Several offences have taken place over last six months
More patrols promised on Wandsworth Common. Picture: Met Police
The Metropolitan Polices says it is cracking down on the offence of indecent exposure in the Wandsworth Common area.
Several incidents have been logged over the last six months and the service says that it has mounted patrols by plain clothes officers in the area.
A number of information events have been held in the area and more are being planned with the aim of increasing public safety particularly for women and girls.
A 34-year-old Wandsworth man was arrested on 25 September on suspicion of indecent exposure and released on bail to appear in court in late October.
A second man, aged 38 from Chigwell, has been interviewed under caution over the same offence and released under investigation.
A white man aged between 35 and 50, with a medium to large build and dark hair is being sought in connection with a number of incidents of exposure on the Common.
He has been seen wearing a short navy blue jacket and blue jeans, and on another occasion a grey jumper, dark bottoms and a backpack.
The police are under intense pressure to give more priority to this type of crime after it emerged that rapist and murderer Wayne Couzens has been accused of indecent exposure on two occasions once shortly before killing Sarah Everard. Despite these incidents he was not suspended from duty as a police officer.
Inspector Jonathan Lloyd of the Met Police said, “While we have made one arrest and interviewed a second male under caution, we continue to investigate other active lines of inquiry with the aim of identifying and apprehending further suspects.
“This is a serious offence and anyone falling victim to this crime should dial 999 immediately.
“If you call straight away we have a far better chance of locating the suspect. In the meantime we are conducting extra patrols in the area and doing all we can to reassure our community.”
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