Police appeal after sexual comments made to young girls in Ashington park

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two incidents in an Ashington park in which a male approached 12-year-old girls and made sexual comments.

They both happened on Friday afternoon in Hirst Park and the girls involved were shocked and upset by the incidents.

At 3.20pm, two 12-year-old girls were walking through the park on the footpath behind the old Pavilion. They were approached by an unknown male who made sexual comments to them and the girls walked away. A few minutes later, a male made sexual comments to another 12-year-old girl.

The offender is described as white, between 14 and 20, of average build, approximately five feet tall with short dark hair. He was wearing black-framed, mirrored sunglasses, a dark zip-up hooded top with the hood up and black joggers.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Aspey said: "We know these type of incidents do cause concern in the community and we have officers in the area carrying out inquiries in order to identify the person responsible.

"The girls were understandably shocked and upset by these comments. As the school holidays start, I would like to make it clear that we will have extra officers around in our parks and please do come and raise any concerns with us."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 762 of 15/07/16, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.