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.
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’.
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.
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!’