Police Apologise For Naked York Man Description

20 November 2018, 18:01 | Updated: 20 November 2018, 18:04

North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police have apologised for providing "too much detail" in an appeal to catch a naked suspect.

Police asked for the public's help on Monday evening to find a naked, overweight man who exposed himself to a student in York.

The force faced complaints though for describing the suspects genitals in detail.

On Tuesday, North Yorkshire Police apologised and released a statement on social media: "On the evening of 19 November 2018, we posted an appeal on Facebook to help identify a suspect in the York area who performed a sexual act in public.

"The appeal included a description of the naked man, which we accept went into too much detail.

"This has caused upset to a number of people who read the appeal and we unreservedly apologise for any offence caused."

The police have now uploaded an amended appeal, without the description of the man's genitals.

Many people commenting on the updated Facebook post said they actually preferred the original version.

The appeal now says at 1.15pm on Sunday "an overweight, naked man performed a sex act on himself in front of a woman student"

The 20-year-old woman was walking alone on Windmill Lane and on to a woodland cycle path in the direction of Hull Road.

The suspect is described as white, very pale, aged between 35 and 45, around 5ft 10in tall with a fat build.