Portsmouth Academy For Girls alert after man exposes himself in front of children

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CHILDREN are being warned to take care after teenage girls spotted a man exposing himself in a park.

The incidents happened at Kingston Park, off St Mary’s Road, in Fratton, Portsmouth at 8.30am on both Wednesday and Thursday.

Police say the man did not approach the girls but was indecently exposing himself.

He was described by the girls as white, in his 30s, slim, with brown hair.

He has sideburns running along his jawline.

The man was wearing a black jumper and blue jeans.

He was spotted by the girls at the recreation ground standing behind a telephone box.

A spokeswoman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘We would certainly appeal for any witnesses.

‘He was standing behind the telephone kiosk.

‘He hasn’t approached anyone.’

She added children should let people know where they are and travel in groups.

A nearby school has been warned about the incidents.

Police officers have spoken to the Portsmouth Academy For Girls in St Mary’s Road, which is close to the park. It has not been confirmed if it was schoolgirls who saw the man, but a safety warning has been given.

Headteacher Natalie Sheppard declined to give a comment when approached by The News.

But a statement on the school’s website read: ‘Pupils have reported two incidents of a man exposing himself in the St Mary’s Road recreation ground.

‘Police are aware and are patrolling area.

‘We advise that your daughter uses an alternative route or walks with a friend until the matter is resolved.’

Parents received text messages from the school giving them the advice.

David Fuller is a Fratton ward councillor at Portsmouth City Council.

He said: ‘Obviously I’m concerned hearing this.’

‘People are very frightened when they see things like that.’

Call police on 101 if you have any information.