Man arrested after schoolgirl is flashed in Crawley

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to a schoolgirl in Crawley.

The man got off a bus at the Dorsten Square stop at about 6.35pm on Friday July 11 and exposed himself to the 12-year-old, Sussex Police said today (Monday July 21).

A woman intervened and took the girl away from the man who left on a bus.

A 62-year-old man from Crawley was later arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity in front of a child. He was questioned before being released on bail until August 28.

Detective Constable Penny Furtado said: “This was a very upsetting experience for the schoolgirl and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

“I am particularly keen to trace the woman who helped her get away from the man. If you know who the woman is or where she could be, please contact us.”

Call 101 quoting serial 1362 of 11/7, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.