West Auckland police are on a manhunt after two similar incidents of indecent exposure targeted at young girls.
The first incident happened on March 24 between 4pm and 4.15pm.
Two girls, both aged 12, were in the Blockhouse Bay Recreational Reserve on Whitney St when they were approached by a man who exposed himself and touched one of them.
They made a quick getaway.
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The man was described as aged late 20s to early 30s, white with tanned skin and tall. He was said to be slim with dark brown hair and a short dark beard.
He was wearing a dark blue cap, a red short-sleeved t-shirt with blue block letters on the front and wearing either light blue knee length shorts or dark blue jeans.
The second incident happened a few days later at 3.30pm on March 28.
Two girls, again both aged 12, were walking along the western side of Hillsborough Rd, opposite the Hillsborough cemetery.
As they walked between Richardson Rd and Goodall St they saw a man in the bushes across the road.
He followed them, walking at the same pace and staying in the bushes directly across the road from them.
He then pulled down his pants and exposed himself to the girls who quickly ran home.
That man was described as being white, in his late 20s, with dark brown hair and stubble on his face.
He was described as being of slim build, wearing a dark blue cap with a dark grey t-shirt.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marcia Murray said there was a strong possibility the two incidents were linked.
“We are now asking for members of the community who may have information which can assist police to contact us.
It may be something minor that you have seen but we want to hear about it.”
Police have increased patrols around the area.
“The behaviour of this man is unacceptable and we want to identify and locate him as soon as possible.
“We also want to remind our community that if they are in a situation where they feel unsafe to call 111 as soon as they can,” Murray said.
Police do not believe that these incidents are related to a report on Monday in Blockhouse Bay where a nine-year-old girl was approached by a male and offered a ride.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Avondale CIB on 09 820 5784.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.