Police urgently appealing to find sexual offender who ‘exposed himself’ to man then ‘inappropriately touched’ teenager in an East London Park

Police are urgently appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to a member of the public, then inappropriately touched another member of the public in an East London Park last week.

The suspect, described as in his 30s, is thought to have carried out the two sexual offences within the space of half an hour in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park last Friday (December 3).

Police have said that at 3.50pm on Friday afternoon the suspect made inappropriate comments then exposed himself to a member of the public, a man in his 40s, as he sat on a bench in the park.

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Just 30 minutes later, at 4.20pm, the same man is reported to have approached a boy in his teens as he walked through the park and touched him inappropriately before walking away from the area.

Police have confirmed both victims are being supported by specially trained officers.

While enquiries continues to establish the full circumstances of these incidents, they are both believed to have been carried out by the same man.

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The suspect is described as being black, aged in his 30s and with a scar on the top of his nose.

He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a navy or grey puffer jacket.

Detective Constable Caitlin Fitzgerald, who is working on the investigation, said: “These experiences were clearly very distressing for the victims and we are continuing to support them as we work towards identifying the person responsible.

“I ask for anyone who was in the park on Friday to think about whether they saw any suspicious behaviour and I would encourage any witnesses to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5300/03Dec. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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