The Met Police have begun holding flasher patrols at one of London’s most notorious dogging hotspots.
A new initiative has been introduced on Hampstead Heath as the Met Police aim to take more action on violence against women.
Patrols will now take place weekly at well-known dogging and flashing spots after reports of women being targeted in recent weeks.
Hampstead Heath was revealed to be one of the nation’s most popular dogging spots in the lockdown, according to dating experts Datingroo.
A number of men were fined on the Heath for breaking Covid regulations by having sex in December 2020.
Now police say there have been reports of people venturing out of well known public sex spots and into open spaces.
Piles of used tissues and condoms are regularly found on sections of the heath. The location is promoted on a number of sex websites and is popular with gay men.
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Flashing has been a long-standing issue on Hampstead Heath.
PC Zak Tallis from the Central North Violence Suppression Unit told the Camden New Journal: “The stereotype is that people go there to engage in sexual activity.
“But, I don’t care what it’s known for, you can’t go and flash, whether there is implied consent or not.”
“It’s a stunning park. I’d be devastated if I was walking here with my family and we saw a flasher.”