Serial offender could be behind town’s indecent exposures

There have been four reports of a man exposing himself in Kirkcaldy since June 24, 2020.

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It is possible a single man could be responsible for four reported indecent exposures in Kirkcaldy, police said.

Two women walking along Greenloanings had a man expose himself to them on Saturday, February 19, at around 9pm but this follows three similar crimes in the town since June last year.

In 2020, Police appealed for help following reports of a man indecently exposing himself in Rabbit Braes on Wednesday, June 24, at 4.30pm, in Valley Gardens on Thursday, August 20, at 9.30pm, and again on Saturday, November 28, at 8pm.

Detective inspector Christopher Dow of Glenrothes Police Station, who is leading this investigation, said that  despite extensive enquiries into each of these offences, officers have not been able to trace the man responsible

He said: “For each crime, officers have carried out enquiries in the local area and have gathered and checked a wide-range of CCTV and dash-cam footage. We maintain an open mind, however there is a possibility that the same man is responsible for all these crimes and we will continue our investigation until we track them down. 

“We have officers dedicated to this enquiry who are currently investigating these recent reports and also reports of similar incidents in previous years to establish if there are any links.

“I fully appreciate that incidents of this nature can cause alarm within the local community, and while none of the victims have been approached by the suspect, they are still distressing to witness.

“As a result, we have stepped up patrols in the area to provide public reassurance while our investigation continues.”

DI Dow said that instances of indecent exposure can go unreported with victims feeling shocked, upset of embarrassed by what has happened.

But, he said, the crimes are serious and it is important to have the information on every incident that has taken place.

He said: “If you witness an incident of this nature, please report it to us straight away so that we have the best possible chance of locating any suspects and capturing evidence as soon as possible. 

“If you were in the area of Greenloanings, or nearby, on Saturday, February 13, and may have dash-cam footage, or saw someone acting suspiciously, please contact us. The man in this instance was described as white, 6ft in height and of slim build, wearing a black balaclava, black long sleeved top and black trousers, which may have had a white emblem on the left thigh area. 

“If someone has been the victim of this type of crime, or has any information on previous incidents then I would urge them to contact police through 101 quoting reference number CF0021470221.  Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.”

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