Police investigate report of naked rambler in Linwood in the New Forest
POLICE are investigating reports a naked rambler exposed himself to a cyclist as she rode through New Forest woodland.
The woman raised the alarm, telling officers she had seen the man shortly after 10.30am on Sunday as she approached him at a gravel junction in Linwood.
He was carrying only a map, which was used to cover himself as she cycled past him, before he headed in the same direction towards other members of the public.
Posting on Facebook, police said: “We understand that incidents like this can be particularly horrifying or worrying for those who witness them and we treat these reports very seriously.
“Our local neighbourhood policing team are conducting a number of enquiries in order to identify the individual.
“As always, if you see anything suspicious or have been a victim of a crime, please dial 101 or report this to us via our online reporting tool on the Hampshire Constabulary website. If it is an emergency, dial 999 immediately.”
This message followed the launched of the StreetSafe tool, a pilot service for people to anonymously tell police about public places where they have felt or feel unsafe due to others’ behaviour.
The tool can be accessed online at www.police.uk/streetsafe