Police apologise after describing flasher as man with ‘small penis’ – NATIONAL

A police force has apologised after describing a man who was performing a sex act in public as having a ‘small penis’. 

North Yorkshire Police launched an appeal to find a ‘fat naked man’ after an incident in York. 

Windmill Lane in York where the incident happened. Picture: Google Maps

Windmill Lane in York where the incident happened. Picture: Google Maps

The suspect performed a sex act on himself in front of a 20-year-old female student in the historic city at 1.15pm on Sunday (November 18). 

However the force has apologised for going into ‘too much detail’ in their original appeal – after describing the man as having a ‘small penis and low-hanging testicles’. 

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North Yorkshire Police said: ‘On the evening of 19 November 2018, we posted an appeal on Facebook to help identify a suspect in the York area who performed a sexual act in public.

‘The appeal included a description of the naked man, which we accept went into too much detail.

‘This has caused upset to a number of people who read the appeal and we unreservedly apologise for any offence caused.’

The apology continued: ‘The appeal was quickly removed and a more appropriately worded version posted on the force website.’

The revised appeal removed a description of the man's sexual organs.

It said officers in York are investigating ‘a disturbing incident in which an overweight, naked man performed a sex act on himself in front of a woman student’.

They said this happened at 1.15pm on Sunday as the 20-year-old woman was walking alone on Windmill Lane and on to a woodland cycle path in the direction of Hull Road.

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A spokesman said patrols have been stepped up in the area to provide public reassurance.

The suspect is described as white, with a very pale complexion, aged between 35 and 45, around 5ft 10in tall with a fat build.

Most of the people commenting on the revised Facebook appeal said they preferred the original.

One man posted: ‘I don't see a problem with the original post. It certainly got the message out as everyone shared it.

‘Once again the snowflakes get their way!’