CCTV has been shared after a woman was indecently approached in an alleyway in Gravesend by a man suspected of a number of other sexual offences.

The woman was followed into an alleyway and had a hand placed over her mouth in a disturbing incident earlier this year.

Kent Police say they taking the reports "exceptionally seriously" whilst increased patrols will run in the area.

On May 23, it was reported that the victim was 'indecently approached' after walking in an alleyway that connects Cedar Avenue and Hever Court Road.

The man ran from the scene when the woman called for help.

A man with a similar description is also said to have indecently exposed himself to a different woman, on the same path, on 12 June.


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A third report of indecent behaviour was also reported  on 7 July, when a man allegedly took a photo up the skirt of a teenage girl who was walking in Whinfell Way.

Increased patrolling is taking place in these areas and officers are thoroughly reviewing all available information, but CCTV of a male has been newly released.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Smith, from Kent Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: "We are taking these reports exceptionally seriously and have gathered a considerable amount of evidence.

"Increased patrolling is also continuing to take place in the area.

"As a result of this evidence gathering, we are confident the man in the released images will have key information which can help us progress with our investigation.

"I would encourage anyone who can help us identify him to contact us at the earliest opportunity."

Extensive CCTV enquiries have also been carried out, with officers speaking with residents across the area to obtain CCTV which covers several hours – before and after each incident.

Discarded items, found at the scene of one of the offences, were additionally submitted for forensic analysis and information sharing has taken place between partner agencies.

Investigators are now able to release two still images of a man who may have important information and are keeping an open mind on whether each incident is linked.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call Kent Police on 01474 366149 quoting 46/87817/21.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form available via this link.