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Sunday 4 December 2016

Warning over man 'flashing' teenage girls in Dublin park

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

PARENTS have been put on alert after a 'flasher' exposed himself to two teenage girls in a Dublin park.

Lucan Sarsfields GAA club sent a warning note to parents following a disturbing incident last week when a man exposed himself to two club members in Willsbrook Park.

The man did not approach the girls during the encounter and they were uninjured.

The club uses the park for some of their training sessions.

It is also a popular park with families in the area.

Gardai are investigating the incident, which occurred at around 2.45pm last Thursday.

This is not the first time that such an incident has taken place in the busy park, which is near several schools.

Last March, a man was arrested following reports a man was indecently exposing himself in the park.

He was later released without charge and a file was sent to a DPP.

However, the gardai have said that there is no indication that the two incidents are connected.

Local independent councillor Liona O'Toole urged people to report every incident of suspicious behaviour in the park to gardai.

"The more calls they get in, the better chance they have of catching whoever is involved," she said.

"It's an appalling thing for any young person, or indeed anyone, to be subjected to."

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"There are a number of access points to Willsbrook Park that make it an ideal place for someone to make a quick getaway," she said.

"There is also a lot of foliage and cover that allows people to carry out acts like this," she said.

In a separate incident, a south Dublin GAA club has also warned people to be vigilant after what they described as an "attempted abduction" following a game on Sunday.

Ballinteer St John's said a man in his 50s approached some young female players in the Meadowbrook area of Ballinteer.

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