Images now removed see further item Harrogate man now arrested over assaults on young girls
The first incident occurred at approximately 4pm on Thursday 22 December 2011 on Wetherby Road. A 17-year-old girl was walking her dog near to Woodlands Methodist Church when the suspect approached her and touched her in an inappropriate manner.
Officers believe that there are potential witnesses, as there was slow moving traffic passing the scene of the incident. In particular, a woman driving a Land Rover or Ranger Rover sounded her horn when the offence took place and police believe she may have information which could help with their enquiries.
A man fitting the same description was also involved in an incident on Knaresborough Road at around 7.20pm on Saturday 24 December 2011. A 15-year-old girl was approached while walking near to the junction with Lancaster Park Road, the suspect grabbed her arm but quickly let go and ran off.
Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed either incident to contact them with information.
PC Kris Randall, of Harrogate police, said:
The image we have of the man who is suspected of being involved in both incidents is quite clear and I am confident that someone will recognise him and tell us who he is.
It is important to note that neither victim suffered any kind of injury in the incidents but we are keen to trace the suspect and speak to him.
I urge anyone who witnessed either incident or knows who the suspect is, to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as they can.
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for PC Kris Randall or Harrogate police.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 12110216299.