A bus-stop on Arthur Street, Grafton.
A bus-stop on Arthur Street, Grafton.

Flasher preys on Grafton elderly

NUMEROUS reports of a man flashing his genitals to the elderly have been received, sparking concern for aged-care residents in the Arthur Street, Grafton, area.

Manager of Clarence Village Vicki Valja said a resident was left shocked last week after being approached by a man who pulled his pants down, before flashing himself. The incident has been reported to police.

She said the resident, who did not wish to be named, was walking home along Arthur Street when she saw a tall, slim man with short-cropped hair and of Aboriginal appearance walking towards her.

He then stopped in front of her and dropped his pants.

Ms Valja said it was the third incident that she had heard of, all taking place in the Arthur Street area.

“The whole thing is a bit sick and he obviously realises that the elderly can’t do anything about it,” she said.

“My fear is that he might take it further and target a frail person who might get a major shock out of it and have a fall or even follow them home one day.”

Another resident in the area contacted The Daily Examiner yesterday with similar concerns for the community.

The grandmother said her first knowledge of the flasher was when she took her great grand-daughter to the park and was approached by a woman who told her to be careful. The woman encountered a man who had dropped his pants, before running off.

The grandmother said her next door neighbour had a similar experience while waiting for a bus in Arthur Street.

“My neighbour, who is 83, came over quite shaken,” she said.

“I have also heard first-hand of it happening to another friend and they both gave the same description.”

The man is described as aged between 30 and 35, very well dressed and of Aboriginal appearance. Contact police on 66 42 0222.

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