A manhunt is underway after reports a jogger repeatedly indecently exposed himself on a cycle path in Ayrshire.
Several incidents have been reported to police in Troon involving a man on or near the bike route that runs between Marr College and the railway bridge at Barassie Station – known locally as the flyover.
On Thursday, a number of teenage girls were walking on the path around 8.30am when the man passed them. He then stopped and ran back towards them.
Chief inspector Brian Anderson, area commander at South Ayrshire, said those involved in the incidents have been left “shaken”.
The man is described as being between 40 and 55-years-old, between 5 and 6ft tall, with a slim build and grey balding hair.
At the time of the incidents he may have been wearing overly-tight fitting grey or black shorts and possibly a navy beanie hat.
Officers are investigating similar incidents in the area of Darley Golf Course but also one in a lane near to Troon cemetery leading to Willockston Road before Christmas.
Chief inspector Anderson said: “We are asking the public to get in touch if they think they know this man or if they have witnessed similar incidents.
“These incidents are disturbing for those involved and although no one has been physically harmed, they have been left upset and shaken. I would like to reassure the public that officers are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace this person and additional patrols, in both uniform and plain clothes, will be in the area over the coming days.
“If anyone has any information that could help with our enquiries then please contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 2288 of Thursday, March 18, 2021, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”