A PENSIONER enjoying a quiet stroll was stopped by a flasher.
The 69-year-old woman was walking along Trehowell Lane on the outskirts of Weston Rhyn, near its junction with Trehowell Avenue, when a man jumped out of his car and exposed himself to her.
The incident took place just before 2.30pm on Wednesday, May 7.
The man, described as white and aged about 20 with short dark hair, began a conversation with the pensioner before exposing himself and driving off towards the village in his silver VW car.
Weston Rhyn parish councillor Angela Bright said the incident had caused a lot of upset in the community.
“This is not pleasant at all.
“When people do that you don’t know what else they will do.
“It’s a bit scary and unnerving, particularly as children play on their bikes in the woods near there.”
Shropshire councillor for Gobowen, Selattyn and Weston Rhyn, David Lloyd agreed, claiming someone who is prepared to flash may go further.
“This is a nasty little situation,” he said.
“Things like this can lead to more serious incidents.
“I hope the public will be observant and if they see anything that suggests someone’s embarking on this kind of behaviour then contact the authorities.”
The route, which cuts through open fields between Weston Rhyn and Chirk Bank, is a popular circuit for dog walkers and joggers and news of the incident quickly spread via social media as worried residents warned others to avoid the spot.
West Mercia Police is now trying to track the driver and the car and are appealing for information.
Police Constable Jim Nicholson, the investigating officer, said: “Anyone who was in the area at the time who might have seen this car, or indeed its driver speaking to the woman, is asked to contact Oswestry Police Station on 101.”
Information concerning the possible identity of the offender can also be given to the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 or via the website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
l In a separate incident a woman claimed to have been approached by a man with similar intent in Gatacre Playing Fields on Thursday, May 8.
A police spokesman said: “We received a report from a female who thought a man was going to indecently expose himself at Gatacre Park.
“However, he did not expose himself and no offence was committed.”