Appeal for witnesses following incident in Ellesmere Port Date published: 17th June 2019 2.09pm

Detectives are urging witnesses to come forward after a woman was threatened in a park in Ellesmere Port.

At around 9.45am on Sunday 16 June a woman was walking her dogs in Rivacre Valley Country Park when she saw a man exposing himself in a wooded area near to Rivacre Road.

She challenged the man and told him to stop what he was doing, at which point he pulled a knife out of his pocket and began to walk towards her.

The victim’s dogs then began barking at the offender and he ran away in the direction of the Water Tower.

The man is described as white, approximately 28 to 32 years old and around 6’ tall. He had a slim build and a small amount of facial hair on his jaw and chin.

The offender was wearing a long sleeved black hoody, with the hood up, as well as dark navy bottoms with a white stripe down each side and dark trainers.

Detective Sergeant Damien Tierney, of Ellesmere Port CID, said: "While the victim did not sustain any physical injuries, she has been left shaken up as a result of what happened.

“We take any incident of this nature extremely seriously and we are committed doing all that we can to trace the offender.

“Patrols have been increased in the area to actively target the man and to provide local residents with reassurance. We are advising members of the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.

"I urge anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or believes that they saw someone acting suspiciously in the Rivacre Valley Country Park area, to come forward.

“I also encourage anyone who may have information in relation to the identity of the offender to get in touch.”

Anyone with information that may aid detectives with their investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 429623, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.