Chorley man arrested on suspicion of exposing himself near schools
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Lancashire Police said the first report came in at around 3pm on Wednesday (October 18), followed by several more calls from members of the public reporting that a man had been seen either exposing himself or touching himself inappropriately.
The incidents were reported to have happened close to a number of primary schools in the Collingwood Road, Walgarth Drive and Moor Road areas.
Officers were deployed quickly to search the area and a 31-year-old man from Chorley was subsequently arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure. He remains in custody.
Lancashire Police are now asking anybody with information, or who saw anything similar and has not yet reported it, to get in touch.
Sgt Anna-Marie Canavan, of Chorley Police, said: “We are aware of speculation on social media following reports of a man exposing himself in Chorley on Wednesday afternoon so we wanted to let you know that someone is now under arrest.
“We appreciate these incidents caused distress and alarm to those who saw them, and will have caused concern in the community too.
“However, we are taking them seriously and now have someone under arrest in relation to the incidents.
“We are asking anybody with information, or who saw anything similar and has not yet told us, to get in touch. You can call us on 101, quoting log 822 of October 18.”