Appeal after two suspicious incidents in Saltwell Park

Dated: 14 Jun 2018 09:35 AM

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Police are appealing for help from the public after two reports of suspicious activity around a Gateshead park.

An investigation has been launched by neighbourhood officers after two reports of a man acting inappropriately near to Saltwell Park.

The first incident happened at around 6.30pm on Sunday, May 27, when two 12-year-old girls were walking through the park.

They were approached by a man who made a number of inappropriate comments to them.

Both girls ran away from the man and later reported the incident to police. Neither were injured in any way.

Officers attended the park immediately and carried out a search of the surrounding area but were unable to trace a man matching the description provided by the girls.

Inquiries to trace the man have been ongoing but on Monday morning police received report of another man acting suspiciously in Gateshead.

Police received a report that a man was behaving suspiciously in woodland near to Saltwell Road South in the Saltwell area of the town.

Officers again attended the scene but the man in question had left the area.

The man is described as white, aged in his 40s or 50s, of skinny build, around 6ft tall and with dark grey thinning hair and a grey stubble.  He may be carrying an Asda bag for life.

Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Summers said there would be increased patrols in the Saltwell area and he also encouraged anyone who recognised the man to get in touch.

He said: "Both these incidents are concerning and it is important that we identify this man and speak to him about his behaviour.

"The second incident has taken place next to a school and we have been speaking to staff to reassure them about our policing response.  

"We believe that the same man is responsible for both incidents but we are keeping an open mind at this point in the investigation.

"We would ask anyone who sees a male matching this description in the Saltwell area to get in touch with police so we can establish if this is the male we wish to speak to regarding these incidents.”

Anyone who thinks they may have information that could help police is asked to contact officers on 101 quoting log 288 11/06/18.