Police release e-fit of 'flasher' who exposed himself to woman
Police release e-fit of ‘flasher’ wearing red waistcoat who exposed himself to woman at vigil for murdered Sarah Everard on Clapham Common
- Georgina Ashby, 27, said a man exposed himself as she walked home from vigil
- The woman claims she told police nearby but male officer refused to offer help
- Met Police have now released e-fit image of man, thought to be aged around 50
- The force said he was wearing a red waistcoat or vest and light coloured trousers
Police have released an e-fit image of the ‘flasher’ who is said to have exposed himself to a woman near Sarah Everard’s vigil.
Georgina Ashby, 27, attended the vigil which was held in memory of the murdered 33-year-old on March 13 at Clapham Common.
But when Ms Ashby was walking to her home nearby at around 8pm, she says she was confronted by a man who flashed his genitals at her.
Now the Met Police has appealed for help to identify the suspect, who is believed to be aged around 50, approximately 5ft6in tall and with grey hair.
The force said he was wearing a bright red waistcoat or vest over a shirt and light coloured trousers.
The Met Police has released an e-fit image (above) of the ‘flasher’ who is said to have exposed himself to a woman near Sarah Everard’s vigil at around 8pm on March 13
Georgina Ashby (pictured above), 27, was walking to her home nearby after the vigil, and says she was confronted by a man who flashed his genitals at her
The incident is said to have happened on the Common’s southside close to the junction with Windmill Drive.
A crowd of around 1,500 people had gathered at the Common’s bandstand to remember Ms Everard, who disappeared nearby, but scuffles broke out as police moved in to disperse the crowd.
Previously speaking about the incident, Ms Ashby told Good Morning Britain: ‘I was told by a couple of police officers to leave [the vigil], which is what I did, abide by what they asked.
‘As I headed home there was a man who was quite incoherent, unfortunately he had his genitalia out as I tried to walk past him. I felt really uncomfortable.
‘This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, I know that this has happened to many, many women but a lot of times we haven’t really had an opportunity to talk to police right at the moment.
‘And as I was walking there were police just a couple of moments away, so I felt it was appropriate to go and tell them what had happened.
A crowd of around 1,500 people had gathered at the Common’s bandstand to remember Sarah Everard (pictured above)
‘At the very least even if I had been walked to a safer, better lit area I would have accepted that. The female officer said they’d go and check it out but the male officer did interject.’
Ms Ashby also said she had approached a group of ‘about five or six police officers’ to ask them for help.
She earlier told the BBC: ‘The female officer said “ok, fine, we’ll go” and she was about to go when a male colleague said “we’re not dealing with this anymore, no, we’ve had enough with the rioters tonight, we’re not dealing with it”.’
The 27-year-old added that she had previously been a victim of indecent exposure on Clapham Common when a man had been ‘touching himself’ while ‘passed out’.
Detective Constable Luke Flood, from the Central South Command Unit which polices Lambeth, said: ‘I am appealing to anyone who was in the area or who can help identify this man involved to contact police.
‘Clapham Common was extremely busy on that Saturday evening with people attending a vigil.
‘Many people would have been filming or taking pictures and I would ask them to check any material they captured to see if they can identify the man described.’
Police officers pictured forming a cordon as people turned on their phone torches while they gathered at a band-stand at the vigil in honour of Ms Everard
People gather to lay flowers and pay their respects at a vigil on Clapham Common, where floral tributes were placed for Ms Everard on March 13
He added: ‘We also cannot discount that there may have been other incidents of this nature in and around the Clapham Common area. I would urge anyone who has any information to get in contact.
‘An incident of indecent exposure can be an extremely distressing offence for those who witness it and it is one police take very seriously.
‘Officers have spoken to the victim in this case to offer her support and ensure she is kept updated with the progress of the investigation.’
Anyone who can assist police is asked to contact 101 and quote CAD117/14MAR or, alternatively, provide information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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