Police hunt perv who flashed woman after Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common
COPS tonight launched a hunt for a twisted pervert who flashed at a woman in the wake of the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common.
The search comes after the victim went public and told how she was walking home from the event on Saturday evening when a fiend exposed himself to her.
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The suspect is described as white, aged approximately 50 years old, around 5ft 6inches tall with grey hair.
At the time, he was wearing a red waistcoat or vest over a shirt and light coloured trousers, says the Met.
Detective Constable Luke Flood from the Central South Command Unit said: “I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and can help identify the man involved to contact police.
"Clapham Common was extremely busy on Saturday evening with people who had attended the vigil – many people would have been filming or taking pictures.
"I would ask anyone to check any material they captured and see if they can identify the man described.
“We also cannot discount that there may have been other instances of this nature in and around the Clapham Common area so I would urge anyone who has witnessed 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 woman to offer her support and ensure she is kept updated with the progress of the investigation.”
Earlier the victim – named Georgina-told how she reported the incident to police at the time because they happened to be nearby.
But when a female officer said she would investigate, her male colleague interjected, telling Georgina he "didn't want to deal with it".
Georgina, 27, told Good Morning Britain: "As I headed home, there was a man who was quite incoherent, he had his genitalia out as I tried to walk past him, I felt really uncomfortable."
She added: "This isn't the first time this has happened to me, I know this has happened to many, many women and a lot of times we haven't had an opportunity to talk to police right at that moment."
She added: “I was shocked and disgusted, I thought this is why we are here, why would you say this? I was quite emotional and distraught. If you can't go to police when this happens what can you do?”
Speaking of the moment she spoke to police, she said: "At the very least, had I been walked to a better lit area, I would have accepted that. A female police officer said they would go check it out, but the male did interject.
"He essentially said 'I don’t want to deal with it, I don’t want to deal with rioters.' And that’s when he collected his colleagues and brought them to the van."
She later lodged a complaint with the Met after attempting to report the incident to officers at the scene of the vigil.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "The woman attempted to report the incident to officers who were at Clapham Common as part of the policing operation for the vigil.
"A complaint was received by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards. This was resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant."
Georgina had told The Sun that she had been walking towards the south side of Clapham Common around 8pm when she saw the man.
She said: “There was a short white man in his 50s and I noticed him because he was flailing about and leaving over a railing.
“I was just trying to get past him and that’s when I noticed his genitals were out. He was waving himself about.
“I walked past and I could see there was a ton of police near the Windmill Pub. This isn’t the first time that this has happened in Clapham so I thought, this is great, I can go straight to tell the police about it."
Sarah, 33, was allegedly abducted and murdered by PC Wayne Couzens as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham on March 3.
Police have since been criticised for their handling of the gathering with clashes erupting when mourners came to pay their respects.
Anyone who can assist police with the indecent exposure probe is asked to contact 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD2602/18Mar. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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